Center For Prison Reform CPR Newsletter
November 6, 2014
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Midterm elections are over, and prison reform is still on the minds of many elected officials. In California, Proposition 47 has passed, changing the fates of thousands of prisoners across the state. How will the state review cases and re-sentence offenders in a timely manner?

In addition, learn about Yates v. United States, currently being heard by the Supreme Court. Should federal charges be filed for minor offenses? Take a look at efforts to forbid employers from asking applicants about prior convictions for most jobs, and get the facts on the link between special education and incarcerated minors.

In our video of the week, hear why United States Attorney General Eric Holder feels disproportionate sentences for minorities are a civil rights issue as well as his views on sentencing reform.

Want to be involved? Join our next weekly national call on November 12th from 2-2:30PM EST. Ring (605) 562-3140 and type in code 408388#.

Edwina Rogers
Edwina Rogers
Edwina Rogers
Executive Director
Center For Prison Reform

John L. Yates

Tossing Fish or Destroying Evidence?

The United States Supreme Court is hearing the case of John L. Yates, charged with a federal crime for the minor transgression of tossing undersized fish overboard.
Prop 47

California's Prop 47 Passes

Voters in California approved Proposition 47 this week, changing thousands of felony charges to misdemeanors overnight. While it is a victory for prison reform, many workers within the system fear drug rehabilitation efforts will fall.
Ending Work Hurdles for Convicts

Ending Work Hurdles for Convicts

Washington D.C. recently forbid most employers from asking applicants if they have ever been convicted of a crime, a move that gives convicts hope for obtaining employment after release and helps them avoid recidivism.
Special Education

Special Education: Pipeline to Prison?

Children with special needs in school, especially emotional disabilities, are far more likely to end up in the juvenile and adult penal systems. Where are these children being failed and how can changes be made?
USAG Holder

Video of the Week

United States Attorney General takes center stage in our video of the week, discussing disproportionate sentencing based on skin color, and how he feels it is a civil rights issue, as well as his views on sentencing reform in general.

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