In his testimony before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, The Sentencing Project’s Executive Director Marc Mauer examines the impact of felony disenfranchisement laws on individuals with felony convictions and its effects on American democracy.
Watch the full briefing on collateral consequences in the two videos below. To read Marc’s testimony, download the PDF below.
A nation’s rate of incarceration is the number of people incarcerated as a proportion of its total population. Internationally, there is broad variation in the degree to which nations incarcerate their citizens, with a nearly 40-fold difference between the highest and lowest rates. The incarceration rate is often interpreted as a measurement of the degree of punitiveness in a society, although it is an imperfect measurement.
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