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Juneteenth Actions across NY State

  Rochester News 10: CITY Newspaper: WXXI (NPR Affiliate): Capital District WNYT 13: New York City AM New York: Hudson Valley Mid Hudson News:

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NYS Parolees are Granted the Right to Vote!

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Wednesday that he intends to restore voting rights to felons on parole, a move that could open the ballot box to more than 35,000 people. The mechanism through which Mr. Cuomo plans to do so is unusual: He would consider pardons for all 35,000 people currently on…

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Pennsylvania State court is locking up defendants too poor to pay court fines!

Spotlighting disparities in jail stays over unpaid court fines in Pennsylvania A helpful reader made sure I saw this impressive piece of reporting from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazetteunder the headline “Modern-day debtors’ prisons? The system that sends Pennsylvanians to jail over unpaid court costs and fines.”  I have probably not given as much attention here as I should to…

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The Role of Jails in Combating the Opioid Crisis

By Leah Pope A report released today from the Pew Charitable Trusts sheds new light on what has long been true but is often overlooked: local jails play a vital role in our nation’s health care safety net, working often as the default response to people with mental health and substance use disorders. Individuals passing…

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