How the concept of justice is changing in criminal law

On the heels of the 2018 midterm elections in the United States, Americans have demonstrated an ideological shift in the way previously-incarcerated individuals are treated, as well as a reevaluation of which activities constitute a crime. Perhaps the biggest shift on election night came from Florida. Its Amendment 4, which would restore voting rights to individuals formerly convicted of a felony who’ve since served their sentence, passed by an overwhelming 28-point margin. Florida was previously one of four states that permanently revoked voting rights to convicted felons, but the amendment will restore voting rights to 1.5 million individuals, nearly a third of whom are African-American. Also on election night, four states tackled the criminalization of marijuana use in some fashion, with Michigan voting to legalize the recreational use of marijuana within the state. A similar ballot measure in North Dakota failed by a significant margin. Those are just a few…

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