February 26, 2018
Disenfranchisement News: Judge rules Florida's rights restoration process is unconstitutional
Judge says elected, partisan officials have extraordinary authority to grant or withhold the right to vote from hundreds of thousands of people without any constraints, guidelines, or standards.
As a previously incarcerated person who had his voting rights restored in 1996, Denver Schimming knew the power and importance of voting. His years in prison taught him that the criminal justice system could change only if impacted people spoke out. After his incarceration, voting was one of his highest priorities.
January 31, 2018
Top Trends in State Criminal Justice Reform, 2017
In recent years a number of states have enacted reforms designed to reduce the scale of incarceration and impact of the collateral consequences of a felony conviction. This briefing paper describes key reforms undertaken in 2017.
December 21, 2017
Disenfranchisement News: Re-enfranchised black voters helped push Doug Jones to victory
The strategic effort by various entities to turnout black voters in Alabama included targeting newly re-enfranchised individuals with felony convictions.
December 20, 2017
State Advocacy News: Tools to Reform Life Sentences
State advocates are initiating hard conversations to challenge extreme sentences.
November 16, 2017
State Advocacy News: Justice Reform Starts With You!
Contact us to discuss your 2018 advocacy plan for state criminal justice reform!
After his release in June of 2004, Andres Idarraga became a full-time student at Brown University studying comparative literature and economics while maintaining full-time employment. Idarraga saw his right to vote as a significant and crucial aspect to rebuilding his life and to contributing to his community.
November 08, 2017
The Sentencing Project's 2017 Annual Newsletter
Despite this changing political environment we have made strides in advancing justice and helping to shape a reform agenda for both policymakers and the advocacy community in 2017.
November 07, 2017
Amicus Brief in Vote v. Louisiana, Louisiana Felony Disenfranchisement Case
The Sentencing Project, NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Southern Poverty Law Center filed an amicus brief highlighting the racial discrimination inherent in Louisiana's felony disfranchisement law.
Kimberly Haven’s journey as an advocate began when she sought to regain her own voting rights after release from a Maryland prison in 2001. She soon became passionate about the unfairness of disenfranchising citizens after they have completed their sentence and returned to the community.
November 02, 2017
Disenfranchisement News: Virginia campaign ad attacks restoration of voting rights
Coming two weeks before the state’s gubernatorial election, Republican candidate Ed Gillespie released a video attacking Democratic candidate Ralph Northam’s efforts to aggressively expand voting rights to people with felony convictions.