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A judge banned the IRS from withholding $1,200 stimulus checks from prisoners after officials intercepted the money during the initial round of COVID-19 relief

A federal judge says the IRS cannot withhold COVID-19 stimulus checks from prisoners, The Associated Press reported on Tuesday. Legislation passed in March that provided for the $US1,200 payments to individuals does not explicitly bar prisoners from receiving them. But the IRS later determined incarcerated people were ineligible, telling corrections […]
A judge banned the IRS from withholding $1,200 stimulus checks from prisoners after officials intercepted the money during the initial round of COVID-19 relief
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California just made it easier for inmate firefighters to become professionals, allowing them to have their nonviolent criminal records wiped clean

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Friday that allows formerly incarcerated firefighters to have their nonviolent criminal records expunged. Over 1,200 incarcerated people are currently serving as firefighters in California, paid a couple of dollars per day for their service. “This legislation rights a historic wrong and recognises […]
California just made it easier for inmate firefighters to become professionals, allowing them to have their nonviolent criminal records wiped clean
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Mississippi prisons have been plagued by rampant violence. The Justice Department is finally investigating the ‘death trap’ conditions.’

Following a string of deaths and prison riots, the Justice Department announced Wednesday that it would investigate some of Mississippi’s most notorious correctional facilities. The Mississippi state government’s own health department has shown that prisoners live with roaches and overflowing sewage. Jay-Z‘s philanthropic organisation Roc Nation, the ACLU and SPLC […]
Mississippi prisons have been plagued by rampant violence. The Justice Department is finally investigating the ‘death trap’ conditions.’
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This call center company relies on a workforce of incarcerated women to help companies like Microsoft, SAP, and Dell power their customer support

Televerde, a sales and marketing company that works with SAP,Adobe,Microsoft,Dell, and others, provides training and employment for currently and formerly incarcerated women in Arizona and Indiana. At Televerde, these women have the opportunity to save some money, get promoted, and possibly even find themselves on a career track there after […]
This call center company relies on a workforce of incarcerated women to help companies like Microsoft, SAP, and Dell power their customer support
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‘A poll tax by any other name’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Hillary Clinton, and Kamala Harris slam a Florida bill that would force ex-felons to pay fees before voting

Progressives are voicing outrage over a bill being pushed by the Republican-dominated Florida state legislature to limit the number of former felons who can vote. The GOP-sponsored bill would require former felons to pay all of their court fees and fines before they’re re-enfranchised. Critics, including Hillary Clinton and Rep. […]
‘A poll tax by any other name’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Hillary Clinton, and Kamala Harris slam a Florida bill that would force ex-felons to pay fees before voting
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Rapper Meek Mill and 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin are teaming up to move one million people out of the criminal justice system

Rapper Meek Mill and billionaire entrepreneur Michael Rubin explained how their friendship has transformed into a partnership to fight for criminal justice reform at Business Insider’s annual IGNITION conference on Tuesday. Mill was incarcerated again last year, against the recommendation of the prosecutor and his probation office, last year – […]
Rapper Meek Mill and 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin are teaming up to move one million people out of the criminal justice system
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Trump’s support of a major sentencing reform bill sparks rare moment of bipartisan hope — but advocates warn the bill has a long way to go

President Donald Trump celebrated a rare moment of bipartisan unity on Wednesday when he announced his support for the First Step Act, a major sentencing reform bill. Trump’s backing prompted a wave of relief for the bill’s conservative backers, following a painstaking process to win over everyone from sceptical Republican […]
Trump’s support of a major sentencing reform bill sparks rare moment of bipartisan hope — but advocates warn the bill has a long way to go