Criminal justice, marijuana, and the shape of the judiciary itself are on the ballot in these statesPosted by On



FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - OCTOBER 12: Denzil McLean (L) and Priscilla Nova attend a rally for Florida Attorney General candidate, Jim Lewis, who is running on a platform of legalizing marijuana on October 12, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Lewis believes that legalizing the drug will save the state hundreds of millions of dollars that can be redirected for spending on education, environment, and other necessary items.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The debate over criminal justice reform has been gaining steam across the country over the past decade. Against this backdrop, several states are voting on important ballot initiatives in November to either loosen or further restrict laws regarding sentencing, to curtail the war on drugs, and even to reshape the structure and composition of their own judicial systems.

Two of the most important measures for reducing mass incarceration come in Florida and Louisiana, two states with high incarceration rates that disproportionately affect African Americans. Louisiana is one of just two states (along with Oregon) that still allows non-unanimous juries to convict people accused of felonies, but Amendment 2 would end that practice and require jury unanimity. Florida’s Amendment…



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