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States continue to lead on criminal justice reform

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In the 2018 midterms, voters across America decided on several measures that shape how millions of Americans interact with the criminal justice system.

Floridians restored voting rights to more than a million people convicted of felonies who have successfully served their time, Oregon voters decided to remain the nation’s only “sanctuary state,” Louisianians eliminated felony convictions by non-unanimous juries, and voters in Washington strengthened police accountability guidelines.

While Congress weighs passing the first major criminal justice bill in nearly eight years, the midterms offer a reminder that states continue to lead in this arena, and reform has bipartisan support.

Nicole Lewis, Reporter, The Marshall Project

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