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Voters reject nation’s cruel, wasteful criminal justice system

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On Election Day, Americans in red and blue states voted for criminal justice reform, including overturning long-standing Jim Crow-era laws.

Floridians restored voting rights to 1.4 million people living with felony convictions (about 70,000 were excluded and still need their rights restored). Louisianians overturned a law allowing split jury convictions. Washingtonians made it easier to hold police accountable for deadly force. Michiganders legalized marijuana. And pro-reform district attorneys won in Dallas, Birmingham, St. Louis and Boston.

The 2018 midterms should be remembered as the day voters rejected the nation’s cruel and wasteful criminal justice system.

Udi Ofer, Deputy National Political Director, ACLU

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