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Governor McAuliffe Restores Voting and Civil Rights to Over 200,000 Virginians

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Virginia Issues

Describes the action and includes the text of the Governor’s order that restores the civil and voting rights of 206,000 Virginia residents who were convicted of felonies, served their time, and completed all post-incarceration requirements.  From the Office of the Governor


Human Rights and Democracy: The 2014 Foreign and Commonwealth Office Report

Categories: Children,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Great Britain,Sex Issues,Terrorism,Women

The British perspective on the global human rights situation during 2014.  Reviews the situation in specific countries and describes what the British government is doing to promote human rights and democratic values overseas.  Identifies 27 countries of concern.  From the Foreign and Commonwealth Office


The National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction

Categories: Children,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Sex Issues

Provides a comprehensive threat assessment of the nature and scope of the current dangers facing U.S. children including child pornography offenses, child sexual abuse and sex trafficking, child sex tourism, and sex offense registry violations.  Also contains a section on the unique problems of child exploitation in Indian country.  Also reviews federal agency efforts to combat child exploitation.  From the Department of Justice


Consent Decree Among Defendant BP Exploration and Production, the United States of America, and the States of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas

Categories: Crime/Justice,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

Text of consent decree issued in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana which ends the six year saga of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and imposes the largest environmental penalty of all time on BP Energy.  From the Justice Department


Aliens’ Right to Counsel in Removal Proceedings: In Brief

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

Examines situations where aliens have the right to counsel at the government’s expense in removal proceedings and those where aliens have the right to counsel at their own expense.

From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Consent Decree: United States of America v . City of Ferguson

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

Lengthy court document which spells out the details of reforms to be undertaken by the City of Ferguson, Missouri in resolving the lawsuit brought by the U.S. government against the city to ensure the protection of constitutional and other legal rights of all members of the community. From the Justice Department


Justice Department and City of Ferguson, Missouri, Resolve Lawsuit with Agreement to Reform Ferguson Police Department and Municipal Court to Ensure Constitutional Policing

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

Describes terms of agreement between the U.S. Justice Department and the city of Ferguson, Missouri resolving the federal lawsuit against the city. Describes the areas of reform agreed to by the city including community policing and engagement, bias-free police and court practices, and creating a Civilian Review Board for oversight. From the Justice Department


Justice Department Announces Resources to Assist State and Local Reform of Fine and Fee Practices

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Income/Poverty,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

Announces a package of resources to assist state and local efforts to reform harmful and unlawful practices relating to the assessment of fines and fees, especially upon poor defendants. From the Justice Department


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