Jesselyn McCurdy

Jesselyn McCurdy is a staff attorney for the ACLU's Washington Legislative Office where she is responsible for defending civil liberties in Congress and in the Executive Branch in the areas of criminal justice.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
The Justice Department Continues to Roll Back Civil Rights Protections
On Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions strongly hinted that he isn’t done trying to roll back the civil rights gains made during the Obama administration. In a speech before the conservative Federalist Society's National Lawyers Convention, Sessions described an internal Justice Department memo...
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Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Shining a Light on Solitary Confinement
It's estimated that more than 80,000 prisoners are held in solitary confinement or restricted housing across the United States on any given day. According to a new report released last week by the U.S. General Accounting Office, it's about time the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) started evaluating its use of solitary and monitoring its effects on those prisoners.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Sequestration Puts Spotlight on America’s Dangerously Overcrowded Federal Prisons
Talk about worrying about the symptom instead of the cause: Attorney General Eric Holder recently sent a letter to Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, warning of the devastating effect budget cuts will have on the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) if sequestration moves forward. If no deal is reached by March 1, the BOP will face a 5% reduction in staffing levels.
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