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LatinoJustice Applauds Supreme Court’s Decision to Require Unanimous Decision in Major Criminal Cases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 20, 2020

CONTACT: Christiaan Perez, [email protected], 212-739-7581

LatinoJustice Applauds Federal Appeals Court Decision to Protect the Right to Vote Enshrined by Amendment 4

Orlando, FL - Earlier today, the federal Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit upheld a Florida federal judge’s 2019 decision enjoining restrictions passed by the Florida legislature last year that sought to impose additional limitations to Amendment 4. Amendment 4 was passed overwhelmingly by Florida voters in November 2018 and permits formerly incarcerated individuals to register to vote. The court’s decision found that it is unconstitutional to force the named plaintiffs, persons with prior criminal convictions and released from prison, to first pay off their financial obligations before registering because of their inability to pay their fines.

LatinoJustice Applauds New York City’s Decision to Close Rikers and Move One Step Close to a Cageless Society

CONTACT: Christiaan Perez, [email protected], 212-739-7581

New York, NY – Earlier today, the New York City Council held a vital vote on the plan to close Rikers. This vote was the result of many years of public pressure and organizing by impacted people. LatinoJustice applauds the results of today’s vote. Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF, issued the following response:  

Florida Law Impeding Rights Restoration for Returning Citizens Goes into Effect Despite Public Opposition

CONTACT: Christiaan Perez, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, [email protected], 212-739-7581

Orlando, FL – This weekend, Governor DeSantis signed into law Senate Bill 7066 which was passed by the Florida Legislature to override the will of the people and impose a fines and fees requirement to block people from having their right to vote restored. Below is a statement by Esperanza Segarra, Senior Counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF:

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