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LDF Statement on President Obama’s Actions to Promote Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Persons with Criminal Records11/03/15
LDF welcomes President Obama’s announcement of a series of actions designed to promote opportunities for successful reentry of persons impacted by the criminal justice system. These measures address many of the substantial barriers faced by persons with criminal records in seeking employment, education, housing, health care and public services, and include a range of policy changes, funding provisions, and education, training, and record-clearing opportunities.
S. Carolina case lesson: Police shouldn't be doing school discipline
10/26/15Related Case or Issue:
(Washington, DC) - The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund (LDF) deplores today's shocking video showing a police officer violently assaulting and removing a student from a public school classroom in Columbia, South Carolina. While more details emerge about this troubling video, what is clear is that it shows a disturbing and violent interaction between a white male school police officer and a young African-American female.
What is the price of voter suppression? "Voter ID foes stress legal cost in new tactic" in report from the Philadelphia Tribune10/26/15
The Philadelphia Tribune cites the high cost of implementing strict photo voter ID and fighting litigation brought under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act in "Voter ID foes stress legal cost in new tactic." LDF's own10/26/15
In a letter to President Barack Obama calling for executive action for fair chance hiring, LDF encourages the White House and the federal government to "lead the way in adopting practices that allow for equal opportunity for all applicants, starting with 'banning the box' on job applications that ask about prior convictions."