Theo Shaw (Photo by: Defender News Network)
Defender News Network

Jena 6 Defendant Theo Shaw Becomes A Lawyer

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — It’s been nearly a decade since a group of Black teenagers—known as the “Jena 6”—were excessively charged for the alleged assault of a white teen in Louisiana following several racist incidents that took place within their school. Their case garnered national attention; putting the focus on racist loopholes within the country’s criminal justice system. For Theo Shaw—one of the individuals who was convicted—experiencing injustice first-hand ignited his passion to pursue a career in law. According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Shaw recently became a lawyer. […read more]

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Losing driver’s license to debt — 43 states allow suspensions due to unpaid court debt

NASHVILLE PRIDE — Today, personal vehicles transport parents to work, take multiple family generations to school, access medical and/or business services, and more. With a car and a driver’s license, consumers gain mobility to go about their daily lives in all of its multiple dimensions. But what happens when that driver’s license is revoked or suspended? […read more]

Willie Mack of Tuscaloosa contacted CLC's Blair Bowie two weeks ago because he had tried to register to vote and had been denied. Blair, who works with the Alabama Voting Rights Project, a joint project with CLC and Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to help Alabamians with past convictions restore their voting rights, checked his record and it showed that he had a trafficking conviction in 1990, which is disqualifying.
Cincinnati Herald

I have a felony conviction. Can I vote?

NNPA NEWSWIRE — While many states have some restriction on felon voting rights, most states restore the right to vote to people after they complete their sentences. In fact, up to 17 million Americans with past convictions can vote right now – they just don’t know it – because the felony disenfranchisement laws in every state can be confusing. […read more]