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August 20, 2012 (The Sentencing Project)

State-Level Estimates of Felon Disenfranchisement in the United States, 2010

The Sentencing Project released a new report, State-Level Estimates of Felon Disenfranchisement in the United States, 2010, which documents that by 2010 a record 5.85 million people were disenfranchised as a result of a felony conviction. The number of disenfranchised person has increased dramatically along with the rise in criminal justice populations in recent decades, rising from an estimated 1.17 million in 1976 to 5.85 million today.  

Total Felon Disenfranchisement Rates, 2010

Of the total disenfranchised population, about 45% -- 2.6 million people – have completed their sentences, but reside in one of the 11 states that disenfranchise people post-sentence. In addition, 1 of every 13 African Americans of voting age is disenfranchised, and in three states -- Florida, Kentucky, and Virginia – the figure is one in five.

The full report can be viewed here.

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Author: Christopher Uggen, Sarah Shannon, & Jeff Manza
Issue Area(s): Sentencing Policy, Racial Disparity, Felony Disenfranchisement, Collateral Consequences