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Legalized Abortions Tied to Crime Drop of 1990s

As a wave of tougher abortion laws spreads across the U.S., a new study finds that crime dropped significantly between 1997 and 2014 in the five states where abortion was legalized in the 1970s, before Roe v Wade. The reason, according to the authors: Fewer unwanted children grew up in adverse circumstances that influenced future criminal behavior.

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Inimai Chettiar Joins Justice Action Network

In her new role as federal Legislative and Policy Director, she is expected to spearhead efforts by reformers to build on the progress of last year’s First Step Act and in the leadup to the 2020 election. She previously directed the Justice Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.

House OKs Lawsuits Over Ignored Subpoenas

The legislation authorizes the Judiciary Committee to take Attorney General William Barr to federal court for access to former special counsel Robert Mueller’s unredacted report and underlying evidence. It also empowers Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) to begin legal proceedings to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to cooperate with the panel’s obstruction probe.

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How a 13th Amendment Loophole Created America’s Carceral State

The 1865 amendment ended slavery, but it also contained a clause that condemned millions of African Americans to a different form of servitude— in a prison system that robbed them of their rights as citizens, writes a former Black Panther. He calls on the 2020 presidential candidates to endorse a campaign to “amend” the amendment.