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"Appeals Court Rules Floridians With Felonies Must Pay Fines Before Voting," by Tonya Mosley and Samantha Raphelson, WBUR, September 16, 2020
"The Decision Upholding Florida’s Jim Crow–Style Poll Tax Is an Affront to Democracy," by Perry Grossman and Mark Joseph Stern, Slate, September 14, 2020
"A New Law to Help Formerly Incarcerated Firefighters Is Far More Limited Than It Seems," by Jay Willis, The Appeal, September 15, 2020
"This man served 10 years in prison, now he's a defense lawyer," by Great Big Story, CNN, September 13, 2020
"Ex-Felons in Florida Must Pay Fines Before Voting, Appeals Court Rules," by Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, September 11, 2020
"Opinion: Occupational licensing boards block ex-offenders from moving up in the workforce," by Nick Sibilla, USA Today, September 08, 2020
"“The Many Roads to Reintegration”: A 50-state report on laws restoring rights and opportunities," by Margaret Love and David Schlussel, Collateral Consequences Resource Center, September 08, 2020
"NC court rules vote may not be denied based on court debt," by CCRC Staff, Collateral Consequences Resource Center, September 06, 2020
"Former inmates can become firefighters more easily, thanks to new bill on Gov. Newsom’s desk," by Madeleine Brand, KCRW, September 01, 2020
"Who Gets to Vote in Florida?
," by Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, August 31, 2020
"Expungement, sealing & set-aside of convictions: A national survey," by CCRC Staff, Collateral Consequences Resource Center, September 01, 2020
"State Legal Fees Pile Up to Defend 'Flawed' Felons Voting Law," by Dara Kam, Daily Business Review, August 27, 2020
"Judicial certificates of relief: A national survey," by CCRC Staff, Collateral Consequences Resource Center, August 26, 2020
"Non-conviction records: A national survey," by CCRC Staff, Collateral Consequences Resource Center, August 24, 2020
"Pardon policy & practice: A national survey," by CCRC Staff, Collateral Consequences Resource Center, August 19, 2020