This week in the news: As the WHO declares the coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic, many are asking what measures are being taken to protect the health and welfare of justice-involved and incarcerated populations as well as staff, correctional officers, public defenders, and others working in the justice system, and more.
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This week in the news: Bail reform from New York to Michigan, who gets charged for an overdose, calls for more funding in the public defense system, and more.
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Every year when November comes, I immediately think of Thanksgiving and what I am thankful for. This year, November also means midterm elections and exercising our right to vote. I recognize, though, that not everyone is able to participate in this essential part of our democratic process whether it is due to misinformation, cumbersome voter registration laws, or felony disenfranchisement laws. Being able to vote allows us to share our voice and help shape the direction of this country. Breaking down the barriers to voting is critical to making sure all voices are heard. That is why this year, I am so thankful that Florida voters passed Amendment 4, restoring voting rights to more than one million citizens with a felony conviction.
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