More specifically, the Next Step Act (S. 697) is a comprehensive criminal justice reform package that would: 1) Eliminate the racial sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. 2) End the federal prohibition on marijuana and automatically expunge the records of those convicted on charges of marijuana use and possession. (Marijuana Justice Act) 3) Establish […]
H.R. 568 would require states to report to the Department of Justice the number of individuals, including juveniles, being processed through the criminal justice system without legal representation. An estimated one in every four people charged with a misdemeanor and facing the possibility of a jail sentence is not represented by a lawyer.