Saturday, January 21, 2012

Republican Presidential Candidates on Voting Rights for "Felons"

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During Monday night's republican presidential debate two of the candidates faced off on the issue of (former) prisoners voting rights.

Romney & Santorum clashed over whether or not those who have served their time are entitled to regain their voting privileges. While Santorum was for the restoration of voting rights, Romney, when pressed, stated that he did not believe past felons should be allowed to vote.

Romney was quoted as saying " "I don't think people who have committed violent crimes should be allowed to vote."

You can read the rest of the story and see the clip from the debate here.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

More New Work

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This new chapter from Jennifer Asenas, PCARE member McCann, Kathleen Feyh, and Dana Cloud appeared in the most recent volume of the Communication Activism series. It details the authors' experience in Summer 2007 during a successful campaign to stop the execution of Texas death row inmate Kenneth Foster, Jr.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Work from PCARE!

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Two exciting pieces of work from PCARE members are out as of a few weeks ago:

Please read and share these pieces. Working with the incarcerated to share their stories and intervening in our own fields of study are crucial steps in challenging the prison-industrial complex.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Random Horror of the Death Penalty

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The powerful title of this excellent New York Times editorial foreshadows what I believe is one of the best, most important articles about capital punishment I've read in some time:

The Supreme Court has not banned capital punishment, as it should, but it has long held that the death penalty is unconstitutional if randomly imposed on a handful of people. An important new study based on capital cases in Connecticut provides powerful evidence that death sentences are haphazardly meted out, with virtually no connection to the heinousness of the crime.