Don’t Have Your ‘Felon Card’? In Alabama, That’s a Crime

More than 300 Alabamans have been charged since 2014 under state law requiring people with more than two felony convictions to register with local sheriff’s offices and carry cards identifying them as repeat felons. One legal expert compared it to the ID cards Jews were required to have in Nazi Germany.

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‘Structural Racism’ Cripples NY Parole System: Study

African Americans are returned to New York State prisons for “technical violations” of parole at five times the rate of whites — one of the reasons why New York is second only to Illinois in the number of people reincarcerated for behavior that otherwise wouldn’t merit criminal sanctions, according to the Columbia University Justice Lab.  

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Rethinking the Nation’s Prisons: Is America Ready for Reform?

Some of the country’s leading practitioners and policymakers on corrections will sit down with formerly incarcerated individuals this month to explore new ideas for reform. The Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium, meeting at John Jay College Feb. 20-21, features keynote speakers Leann Bertsch, head of North Dakota’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey, chair of the New Jersey Reentry Commission.

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The Next Step in Prison Reform: Release Aging Inmates?

Even as New York politicians wrangle over efforts to water down the state’s historic new bail reform law, some politicians are pushing for even more fundamental reforms. A bill introduced by state Sen. Gustavo Rivera would require parole boards to evaluate an inmate’s “growth”—a measure he says would especially benefit elderly prisoners.