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"New York Democrats Push for 'Clean Slate' Legislation," by Ryan Tarinelli, New York Law Journal, April 29, 2021
"Democrats move to expand voting rights for felons," by Jordan Williams, The Hill, April 25, 2021
"Expungement fairs provide resources for Michigan residents navigating new clean slate laws," by Rose White, Michigan Live, April 26, 2021
"People with records excluded from growing occupations," by Beth Avery, Collateral Consequences Resource Center, April 23, 2021
"The Women Fighting for Cannabis Justice and Data Transparency in the U.S. Prison System," by Zoe Sigman, Vogue, April 20, 2021
"Bill would restore voting rights for people who were once incarcerated," by Bria Chatman, WBRC, April 13, 2021
"Some states work to expand voting rights for people with felony convictions," by Quinn Scanlan, ABC News, April 09, 2021
"Washington governor signs bill restoring voting rights after prison release," by Dianne Gallagher, Rebekah Riess and Paul LeBlanc, CNN, April 08, 2021
"In Debate Over Bowser’s Record Sealing Bill, Advocates Push For Broader Reforms," by Colleen Grablick, DCist, April 08, 2021
"She Lost Her Right To Vote Over A Felony. Now This Lawmaker Has Helped Enfranchise Thousands.," by Daniel Nichanian, The Appeal, April 08, 2021
"State Legislature on Verge of Passing Bill to Restore Voting Rights to People on Parole," by Ethan Geringer-Sameth, Gotham Gazette, April 07, 2021
"Georgetown University to introduce degree program for Maryland inmates," by Lauren Lumpkin, Washington Post, April 07, 2021
"Why Life After Incarceration Is Just Another Prison, with Reuben Jonathan Miller," Big Brains Podcast, April 01, 2021
"“Certifying Second Chances”," by CCRC Staff, Collateral Consequences Resource Center, March 24, 2021
"Northam restores voting rights for 69,000 with felony convictions," by Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, March 16, 2021