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In the second piece in the series, "Waking Up in Trump's America,"  Jason Hernandez discusses his anxiety that clemency will screech to a halt under a Trump administration. Jason, who was sentenced to... [Read More]
If we take President Donald Trump at his word, his administration will try to implement policies that will be a sustained assault on the constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly its most vulnerable.... [Read More]
I feel like I began this journey with President Obama more than eight years ago, when I was a Hill staffer and volunteered on his 2008 campaign. Almost eight years to the day,... [Read More]
A warrant from police in Arkansas seeking audio records of a man's Amazon Echo has sparked an overdue conversation about the privacy implications of "always-on" recording devices. This story should serve as a... [Read More]
It is now well-known that Jeff Sessions' record as a senator shows blindness or hostility to the rights of those the attorney general is responsible for protecting — people of color, women, LGBT people,... [Read More]
The Kentucky legislature had hardly been gaveled into session on January 3 when lawmakers rushed to pass the latest offensive abortion restriction into law. HB 2 forces doctors to describe an ultrasound to... [Read More]
"If you're to be called a communist every time you stand up for basic American rights and freedoms, what's likely to happen? Will you be silent? And if so, is this what the... [Read More]
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is the federal agency charged with protecting vulnerable Americans from housing discrimination and ensuring that all people have equal access to housing opportunities. In recent years,... [Read More]
Dean Westwood arrived at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Oregon in a wheelchair. Prison officials required him to surrender his property, submit to a search, and agree to administrative procedures like finger printing.... [Read More]
This morning, NBC News reported that Chelsea Manning is on President Obama's "short list" to receive a commutation of her sentence. [Read More]
For the last 30 days, I was worried about James Burns. He was once again in solitary confinement, only this time it was of his own accord and live-streaming on VICE. As a... [Read More]
Next week, retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly, President-elect Trump's choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security, will go before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for his confirmation hearing.... [Read More]
Donald Trump's victory has been nothing but good news for the private prison industry.The day after the election, shares of the two biggest private prison corporations — Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and... [Read More]
Across the country, before state legislative sessions have even convened, lawmakers are making clear that transgender people will again be the relentless targets of discriminatory legislation.  Last year, lawmakers introduced more than 200... [Read More]
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In 2004, Leopoldo Zumaya was working as an apple picker in Pennsylvania when he fell from a tree, breaking his leg and leaving him with permanent nerve damage and chronic pain.  A treating... [Read More]
Families are not supposed to be in immigration detention at all — and certainly not for more than a few days — but these children have been locked up with their mothers for... [Read More]
At 10:20 a.m. yesterday morning,  the North Carolina Legislature convened a special session designed to repeal the state's hateful anti-LGBT law it passed in a hurry last March. But by day's end, the... [Read More]
This past July, Dallas police used a ground robot to kill a man who had killed five police officers in a mass shooting. The incident kicked off a national discussion about lethal robots... [Read More]
[Updated December 2016]In the wake of the 2015 attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, anti-Muslim sentiment has spiked. Although these sentiments manifest themselves in many ways, attacks on mosques directly take aim... [Read More]
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