Felony Disenfranchisement News
May 26, 2015
Disenfranchisement News: MD Governor vetoes bill to restore voting rights to 40,000 people
Alabama: House approves bill that defines which offenses result in forfeiture of voting rights
Maryland: Governor vetoes bill to restore voting rights to 40,000 people
Minnesota: Voting rights provision stripped from public safety bill
National: Presidential candidates call for felony disenfranchisement reform
April 17, 2015
State Advocacy Update: Connecticut Governor calls for "Second Chance Society"
Connecticut: Governor Leads Effort for "Second Chance Society"
Kentucky: Addressing Sentence Lengths for Persons with Prior Felony Convictions
Massachusetts: Advocates Support Felony Reclassification and Reinvesting Savings
Other News: Alabama, Maryland, Missouri, and more...
April 10, 2015
Disenfranchisement News: MD legislature approves voting rights for people on probation & parole
Maryland: Legislature approves voting rights bill for people on probation and parole
Minnesota: Voting rights bill appears stalled
National: U.S. lawmakers introduce bill to restore voting rights after prison
International: Election newspaper distributed to Australian prisons and locked hospitals
March 9, 2015
Disenfranchisement News: Minnesota and Maryland Advance Probation and Parole Voting Legislation
Kentucky: Kentucky House passes voting rights bill
Minnesota: Bipartisan bill expands voting rights to people on probation and parole
Maryland: Lawmaker with prior arrest record champions voting rights bill
National: Civil Rights Voting Restoration Act
Books: African American Disenfranchisement
March 3, 2015
State Advocacy Update: Advocacy Campaign Leadership
Addressing Upstream Policies
Unlocking the Vote
State legislatures are in full swing. This year, legislation has been introduced in Kentucky to reclassify certain felony offenses to misdemeanors, eliminating prison as a sentencing option. Lawmakers in Maryland and Minnesota are considering expanding voting rights to persons on felony probation or parole. And advocates in Missouri are working to scale back the state's truth-in-sentencing provision for certain offenses.