Quarter of inmates could have been spared prison without risk, study says Study of 1.5 million prisoners finds that drug treatment, community service, probation or fines would have served as more effective sentences for many More info @ http://trib.al/6yKCr0j Automated post from LWV of the Elgin Area – http://ift.tt/2dKZy4V December 11, 2016 at 12:12PM
United States incarceration statistics are well-known by now, but they still stun. Although the U.S. has only 5 percent of the world’s population, it has nearly 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. There are 2.2 million people in prisons and jails in this country. With an incarceration rate of 693 per 100,000 people, the United States trails only the Seychelles in the frequency with which it deprives its residents of liberty, and vastly outpaces that of Iran, Zimbabwe, and even notoriously punitive Singapore. This level of incarceration, hidden for so long in plain sight, has massive societal consequences. It drives and reinforces deep seated racial inequity and disproportionately punishes African Americans. It ruins people’s lives and breaks up families. Now it has become widely understood that this exorbitant incarceration rate is not needed to keep the public safe
How Many Americans Are Unnecessarily Incarcerated? | Brennan Center for Justice The Brennan Center for Justice is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice. More info @ http://trib.al/auVkCDM Automated post from LWV of the Elgin Area – http://ift.tt/2dKZy4V December 09, 2016 at 09:38AM
Important article about the antiquated state of our voting equipment and its potential impact on election outcomes.
Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law The Michigan recount may be over before it really started, but it showed there is widespread failure of voting machines. More info @ http://trib.al/fYbrrmI Automated post from LWV of the Elgin Area – http://ift.tt/2dKZy4V December 08, 2016 at 08:15PM
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LWV of the Elgin Area Did you know that in 1860, with the country was on the brink of disunion, Abraham Lincoln went with an economic slogan promising land to Western settlers—“Vote yourself a farm”—in his campaign. (The Homestead Act of 1862 fulfilled the pledge.) In 1864, however, there was no avoiding the shadow cast…
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Dorothy Height Becomes 15th Black Woman to Be Honored With U.S. Postage Stamp Dorothy Height spent her life fighting for racial and gender equality. But when you think of the work of leaders such as Shirley Chisholm, Amelia Boynton Robinson and Anna Julia Cooper, Height is also… More info @ http://ift.tt/2fJlq00 Automated post from LWV…