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    Criminal Justice and Policing Practices

    The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil Rights held a hearing on criminal justice and policing practices after recent protests around the country in the wake of deaths of unarmed black men.…

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    Judiciary: Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights

    Hearings to examine the state of civil and human rights in the United States.

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    Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons

    Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels testified at a hearing on the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons. The U.S. holds more prisoners in isolation than any other…

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    Judiciary: Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights

    Business meeting to consider S.J.Res.19, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections.

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    Syrian Refugees

    Diplomatic and security officials testified on the Syrian refugee crisis in which 2.3 million Syrians have fled the country since the outbreak of the civil war. Aid to host countries like Lebanon and…

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    Stand Your Ground Laws, Panel 2

    Academics were joined by Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, who was killed in Sanford, Florida, and by Lucia McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, who was killed in Jacksonville, Florida, testified about…

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    Stand Your Ground Laws, Panel 1

    Representatives Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL). and Louie Gohmert (R-TX) testified on “stand your ground” self-protection laws. At the time 30 states had some type of “Stand Your…

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    Guantanamo Bay Prison Facility Closing

    Witnesses testified on the implications of closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.*Among the issues they addressed were hunger strikes by several detainees and the force-feeding…

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    Targeted Killing of Terrorist Suspects Overseas

    Military and policy experts testified on the the constitutional and statutory authority for targeted killings with aerial drones of American terrorist suspects overseas. In his opening…

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    Gun Violence Reduction Proposals

    Attorneys and victims of gun violence testified on proposals to reduce gun violence, such as universal background checks on gun buyers, banning assault weapons and limiting high capacity…

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    Hate Crimes and Domestic Extremism

    Witnesses testified about hate violence and violent extremism, as well as the threat posed by domestic extremists in the United States. The hearing was held after a violent attack on a Sikh…

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    Racial Profiling

    Witnesses testified on racial profiling and state immigration laws in Alabama and Arizona, relations between law enforcement and African-Americans, as well as anti-terrorism efforts that target…

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    Racial Profiling Hearing News Conference

    Following a Senate Judiciary Committee subcommittee hearing on racial profiling, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) held a news conference on his legislation, the “End Racial Profiling Act.” Following…

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    Civil Rights of Muslim Americans

    Witnesses testified on discrimination and hate crimes against Muslim Americans. Among the topics they addressed were hate speech, law enforcement practices, anti-Muslim legislative efforts…