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Ending the eternal sentence

The American Prospect

by Adam Serwer


"Different states have different requirements for re-enfranchising ex-

felons. Maine and Vermont allow their imprisoned populations to vote.

Some states restore voting rights at the moment of release, and some

do it after parole or probation. Other states do not restore voting

rights to those who have committed certain types of crimes or after

more than one conviction. Virginia and Kentucky permanently

disenfranchise the formerly incarcerated, except in cases of executive

clemency. Congress is currently considering the Democracy Restoration

Act, which would restore federal voting rights to formerly

incarcerated people upon release." (03/25/10)



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The hidden cost of DNA banking

The Nation

by Patricia J. Williams


"In March 2009, Lily Haskell was arrested while attending an antiwar

demonstration. Within hours she was released. Although she was not

charged with any crime, her arrest alone was sufficient for her to be

required to submit a DNA sample. The ACLU of Northern California filed

a lawsuit on her behalf, challenging the constitutionality of the

statute mandating police to retrieve and retain DNA from anyone

arrested for a felony. As Michael Risher, Haskell's attorney,

asserted, the statute subjects innocent Californians to 'a lifetime of

genetic surveillance' with no judicial oversight, simply because they

might have wandered into the field of suspicion of a single police

officer." (03/25/10)



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