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Coalition Demands a Full Pardon for Neli Latson

View this statement as a PDF here. WASHINGTON – Neli Latson should be a free man. Instead, he’s faced a decade of unjust prosecution and abuse in a criminal justice system where, as a young Black man with disabilities, he’s experienced the disastrous combination of systemic racism and ableism. ...

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ASAN Praises the Pardon of Neli Latson

In response to today’s conditional pardon of Neli Latson by Virginia Governor Terry Mcauliffe, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued the following statement: We applaud Governor Mcauliffe for taking this important step to remove Neli Latson from an unjust and inappropriate prison sentence. Neli’s imprisonment, which included time spent...

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ASAN Calls for Pardon for Neli Latson

Yesterday, Reginald “Neli” Latson, an autistic man currently imprisoned in Virginia, pled guilty to assaulting a correctional officer in exchange for a six-month sentence – the statutory minimum. Although the Autistic Self Advocacy Network applauds the efforts of Neli’s attorney in this case, justice is still not served. We...

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ASAN Calls for Neli Latson’s Release

In early 2010, police responded to calls about a “suspicious black male” and found a young black man waiting outside a local school library. An officer approached Reginald “Neli” Latson, then-18 and also autistic. He did not give his name when asked, and he attempted to walk away. The...

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