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Leaving prison often hinges on completing rehabilitative programming. The pandemic caused many of these required courses to be put on hold.
Repealing state and federal mandatory minimums will help address the mass incarceration crisis, advocates hope.
The New York governor has released a plan to legalize marijuana, months after voters in the Garden State approved legalization in November. Advocates say the pressure could have ripple effects regionally.
In addition to the releases he has already ordered, the New York governor can grant commutations to free more incarcerated people to protect them from the disease. He has issued only three since the pandemic began.
Public schools have long needed more funding to keep the bodies and minds of teachers, staff, and students safe. But these are not the investments our elected officials choose to make.