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Open Society Voices

Chelsea Manning’s 35-Year Sentence: Far Beyond All Norms

May 19, 2016 by Sandra Coliver

In a comparable case in Israel, a young woman soldier was given three-and-a-half years in prison,while a British intelligence officer received just six months after releasing “highly sensitive” documents.

Will Canada’s Ruling on Drug Sentences Set the Stage for Further Reforms?

May 9, 2016 by Cécile Kazatchkine 2

Canada’s Supreme Court has struck down mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug offenses. Advocates hope it’s just the beginning.

Virginia Topples a Relic of Colonial-Era Disenfranchisement

April 26, 2016 by Marc Mauer 1

Last week, the governor of Virginia ended the disenfranchisement of people convicted of felonies, one of the last groups still denied the right to vote.