Changing Sides: Former Law Breaker Will Study to be a Lawyer
April 12, 2010 - 2:15pm

By Sean Flynn

Daily News Staff, The Newport Daily News

April 3-4, 2010

Noah Kilroy was sitting in a prison cell for each of his birthdays between the ages of 19 and 23.  Now, as a recent graduate of Salve Regina University, he will enter law school in September with high aspirations of becoming a public interest lawyer. 

Michigan Prisons Focus on Released Inmates
April 8, 2010 - 11:59am

Mark Hornbeck / Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Lansing -- Michigan's prison system has undergone a culture change from locking up law breakers for as long as possible to being more selective about whom to put behind bars, state Corrections Director Patricia Caruso told officials at a prisoner re-entry conference Tuesday.

Lynch Now Favors Expungement for Some Criminals
April 8, 2010 - 11:09am

by Katherine Gregg, Providence Journal State House Bureau

PROVIDENCE — In a sharp turnaround, Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch is now backing the early expungement of the case files of an entire class of admitted criminals, regardless of what they did.

Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Unveiled in R.I. Senate
April 8, 2010 - 10:35am

Katherine Gregg, Providence Journal

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The chairman of the special legislative commission that recommended the decriminalization of marijuana in Rhode Island has introduced a bill to make possession of an ounce or less of the drug by an adult a civil offense, punishable by a $150 fine.

New York Times Editorial Board: Congress Should Give Ex-Offenders the Right to Vote
March 23, 2010 - 11:04am

Ex-Offenders and the Vote

Millions of ex-offenders who have been released from prison are denied the right to vote. That undercuts efforts to reintegrate former prisoners into mainstream society. And it goes against one of democracy’s most fundamental principles: that governments should rule with the consent of the governed.

Senate Commission Recommends Decriminalization of Marijuana
March 17, 2010 - 12:16pm

By Katherine Gregg

Journal State House Bureau

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A state Senate commission has recommended the decriminalization of an ounce or less of marijuana.

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