When Numbers Lie: Prisoners of the Census in New York
February 2, 2010 - 11:08am

Michelle Chen

Originally posted on RaceWire

Expungement for Prostitution Charges Now Possible After One Year
January 27, 2010 - 2:37pm

by Annelise Grimm

In November 2009, Rhode Island legislators passed a law making prostitution illegal regardless of where it takes place.  First-time offenders are now subject to a misdemeanor and up to six months in prison, or a fine of between $250 and $1,000, or both.

Bail Burden Keeps U.S. Jails Stuffed With Inmates
January 27, 2010 - 10:52am

Laura Sullivan

NPR: All Things Considered

 

Leslie Chew spent his childhood working long days next to his father on the oil rigs of southern Texas. No school meant he never learned to read or write. Now in his early 40s, he's a handyman, often finding a place to sleep in the back of his old station wagon.

Drug arrest could set precedent in R.I. medical marijuana law
January 25, 2010 - 10:54am

This article demonstrates the huge resources that the state is willing to spend combatting marijuana use, even when the user is approved for medical marijuana.

 

US Senate Committee Passes The National Criminal Justice Act
January 22, 2010 - 1:02pm

By: Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

Earlier this morning the United State’s Senate, Committee on Judiciary, unanimously approved Senate Bill 714, The National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009.

OpenDoors Secures Financing for Supportive Housing Project
January 12, 2010 - 3:20pm

With support from the Corporation for Supportive Housing, OpenDoors has purchased a building at 485 Plainfield Avenue in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Providence to be converted to subsidized “green” housing units. Upon completion, the building will provide housing for clients, as well as program and office space. The building will also feature commercial space, with the aim of gearing this space towards complimentary services or employment opportunities for clients.

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