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  • Civil Rights Groups Call for Retroactive Application of Guidelines for Cocaine Sentencing

    5/25/11

    A group of seven prominent national civil rights organizations that includes The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sent a letter to the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urging him to support the retroactive application of a new set of sentencing guidelines that accompany the implementation of the Fair Sentencing Act (FSA), which reduced the discriminatory sentencing disparity between crack cocaine and powder cocaine offenses.

  • Civil Rights groups want in on prison gerrymandering suit

    5/18/11

    The State of New York filed a very perfunctory rebuttal to the Senate GOP’s legal challenge to “prison gerrymandering,” and now a group of outside organizations — including the NAACP, Common Cause and VOCAL-NY — wants to intervene on the state’s behalf.

    From a court filing yesterday:

  • Civil Rights Organizations File Motion to Defend Law Ending Prison-Based Gerrymandering

    5/17/11

    Voters and Community Groups Intervening in Suit to Ensure that All New Yorkers Are Equally Represented in State and Local Legislatures

    Albany, NY – Today, top civil rights organizations filed a motion in New York Supreme Court asking to intervene to help defend New York’s new law allocating people in prison to their home communities for redistricting and reapportionment. 

  • LDF Reflects: 57 Years After Brown

    5/17/11

    Today marks the fifty-seventh anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v.

  • Advocates Hope Prison-based Gerrymandering Will Be Addressed

    5/16/11

    A bill that would have forced the state to count prisoners in the cities or towns they lived in before they were incarcerated was not called for a vote by the Judiciary Committee, but some lawmakers, like Sen. Eric Coleman, believe there’s a chance it could be resurrected.

    Coleman, co-chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said the committee has spent the session grappling with substantial issues like the death penalty and transgender identification. It was also questionable whether the measure had enough support to clear the committee, he said.