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"Newsom vowed to pardon LGBTQ Californians. Only one living person has benefited," by Mackenzie Mays, Los Angeles Times, March 17, 2023
"More states appear poised to expand voting access for people who were incarcerated," by Ashley Lopez, NPR, March 01, 2023
"55,000 non-incarcerated felons will soon be eligible to vote in Minnesota," by Brian Bakst, NPR, February 22, 2023
"California proposal would reinstate prisoners’ voting rights," by Stefanie Dazio, AP News, February 08, 2023
"Ending mass incarceration won’t succeed without giving people a second chance," ABA Journal, by Kevin Davis, May 01, 2019
"The battle for voting rights in the age of mass incarceration," by Rosemary Westwood, Vox, November 15, 2019
"Advocates Rally For Latest Version Of New York’s ‘Clean Slate’ Bill," by James Van Bramer, The Crime Report, January 19, 2023
"New Arizona law will allow sealing of criminal records," by Faith Abercrombie, ABC 9 Tucson, January 04, 2023
"SBA reduces criminal history restrictions in one of its business development programs," by CCRC Staff, Collateral Consequences Resource Center, December 12, 2022
"Felon re-enfranchisement restores more than civil rights," by Tamar Sarai, Prism, November 03, 2022
"How the ‘Disenfranchisement Maze’ Bars Black Women from the Ballot," by Eva Herscowitz, The Crime Report, October 28, 2022
"Over 17,000 New Mexicans barred from voting in the midterms, report shows," by Austin Fisher, Source NM, October 27, 2022
"Youngkin announces restoration of rights for 800-plus formerly incarcerated Virginians," by Justin Geary, WDBJ 7, October 21, 2022
"Louisiana pushes to reduce ‘unnecessary’ barriers to employment," by Roby Chavez, PBS NewsHour, October 19, 2022
"Biden's Marijuana Pardons Could Benefit Some 10,000 People With Misdemeanor Records," by Jacob Sullum, Reason, October 13, 2022