Iowa Mom Files Lawsuit To Regain Her Right to Vote

Iowa Mom Files Lawsuit To Regain Her Right to Vote

Kelli Jo Griffin lost her voting rights after a nonviolent drug conviction. Now, under Iowa law, she is no longer allowed to vote. She wants to change that law for herself and others.

Griffin voted in a local election, unaware of Iowa’s complex laws on voting for those with a criminal background. She found herself charged with voter fraud and facing up to 15 years in prison. After an emotional and expensive trial, the jury acquitted her in 40 minutes.

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Many Iowa Counties Decline to Comply With Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Requests

Many Iowa Counties Decline to Comply With Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Requests

County sheriffs say they won’t hold suspected unauthorized immigrants without a judge’s approval

The ACLU of Iowa has successfully worked with Iowa’s county sheriffs and has received confirmation from them that they won’t comply with ICE requests to hold people without a warrant.

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Blacks In Iowa Arrested For Marijuana At Far Higher Rates

Blacks In Iowa Arrested For Marijuana At Far Higher Rates

Blacks In Iowa 8 Times More Likely to Be Arrested for Marijuana Possession, ACLU Report Finds

Even though whites and black use marijuana at the same rate, arrests were far higher–making Iowa rank the worst in the nation in racial disparities in marijuana arrests.

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Upcoming events

  • Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
  • Great Hall, Memorial Union at Iowa State University
  • 7:00 p.m.: As part of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Legacy series, Michelle Alexander will present her new book The Ne...
  • Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
  • The Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March, Fifty Years On
  • 6:00 pm--Drake University Associate Professor of History Curt M. Cardwell will discuss the historic Selma to Montgomery ...

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