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May 5 Dog Days in Del Ray
"Virginia is finally giving felons like me the right to vote," by Terry Garrett, Guest House graduate & activist, The Washington Post
"I have never voted. By the time I was 18, I already had a felony shoplifting conviction, which meant that I forever lost my right to vote in Virginia." Read the story
Virginia Grants the Vote, Other Civil Rights to Ex-Felons: "We're Very, Very Grateful"
On April 22, by Executive Order of the Governor, more than 200,000 Virginians who were convicted of felonies regained their voting and civil rights: to register to vote, to hold public office, to serve on a jury and to act as a notary public. Read more
Justice Dept. to alter its terminology for released convicts, to ease reentry
Terms like "individual who was incarcerated" and "person who committed a crime" will be used by the U.S. Justice Department—replacing "felon" and "convict" for people with a criminal past. "We, all of us, can help [reentering people] by dispensing with useless and demeaning labels that freeze people in a single moment of time. Our words have power," writes Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason in The Washington Post. Read the story
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