In a speech on April 18, 2018, Governor Andrew Cuomo pledged to grant voting rights to thousands of paroled felons arguing they had paid their debt to society and should be allowed to vote. Cuomo signed an executive order that provided conditional pardons to more than 35,000 felons who have completed their incarceration period but remain on parole to allow them to vote. Prior to this action, individuals convicted of a felony were not allowed to vote until the offender completed their prison sentence and parole period. Convicted individuals who are on probation already more »
Louisiana lawmakers veto an effort to restore voting rights to some convicted felons on probation or parole.
A federal judge in Austin, Texas has ordered that state parole officials can be held personally liable by inmates suing over restrictive sex-offender conditions required of them, even though they were never convicted of a sex crime. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel issued the order. Yeakel blasted the state's persistent refusal to provide due process hearings before imposing the sex-offender restrictions on an offender who was never convicted of a sex crime. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and the Texas Board of Criminal Justice have argued that more »