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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Felons and the Right to Vote in Virginia: A Historical Overview

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Elections/Campaigns,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues

Traces the historical origins of voting rights restoration for felons and examines how denial of voting rights for people with felony convictions still disproportionately affects African Americans in Virginia and other states.  From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


Holt v. Hobbs

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Religion/Ethics,Supreme Court/courts

Supreme Court decision that U.S. law permits a prisoner to grow a beard if it is in accord with his religious beliefs.   Arkansas permitted beards only for prisoners with diagnosed skin conditions.  From the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University


Undocumented Migrant Children in the EU

Categories: Children,Civil/Human Rights,European Union,Immigration/Migration

Surveys the current legal and practical situation of migrant children in countries of the European Union and offers recommendations on “improving the coherence between migration policies and moral issues.”  From the European Parliamentary Research Service


Selected CRS Materials on Detention and Interrogation of Terrorist Suspects and Enemy Belligerents

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Laws/Regulations,Terrorism,Treaties

Offers a set of links to previously issued Congressional Research Service reports on the issue of international agreements and domestic legislation concerning the treatment and interrogation of detainees. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Heien v. North Carolina

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

8-1 Supreme Court ruling that a cop’s reasonable mistake in interpreting the law was not sufficient cause to overturn a conviction.  The case involved a defendant who was convicted of cocaine possession when his car was stopped for a broken brake light.  The court ruled that searches and seizures based on mistakes of fact may be reasonable.  From the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University


Questions and Answers on Title IX and Single-Sex Elementary and Secondary Classes and Extracurricular Activities

Categories: Children,Civil/Human Rights,Education,Laws/Regulations,Youth

Offers legal guidance on circumstances under which school districts can offer single-sex classes and extracurricular activities without violation of civil rights provisions of law.  From the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights


CIA Comments on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Report on the Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation Program

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Spying/Intelligence,Terrorism

Response of the agency responsible for the detention and interrogation program to the Senate Intelligence Committee study.  Declassified in December 2014.  From the Central Intelligence Agency


Hate Crime Statistics 2013

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Disability,Headlines,Religion/Ethics,Sex Issues,Statistics

Annual release of information about crimes related to bias categories of race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and ethnicity.  Includes data about the offenses, victims, offenders, and locations of the crimes.  Nearly 7,000 offenses were recorded in 2013.  From the Federal Bureau of Investigation


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