Felony Disenfranchisement News
September 15, 2014 (The Sentencing Project)
Florida: Voting Rights in Jail
Wyoming: Opportunity for Reform
Kentucky: New voting rights bill in consideration for 2015
International: ECHR rules ban on prisoner voting violates human rights
Voting from behind bars in Ireland
August 7, 2014 (The Sentencing Project)
National: Bipartisan Efforts for National Felony Disenfranchisement Reform
Wyoming: State Bill Could Restore Voting Rights to Thousands
Kentucky: Louisville Metro Council Unanimously Approves Resolution in Support of Automatic Rights Restoration
July 10, 2014 (The Sentencing Project)
Shadow Report of The Sentencing Project to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Along with 11 allied civil rights and justice reform organizations, The Sentencing Project submitted a shadow report regarding racial disparities in the justice system to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Our report documents continuing disparities in incarceration, the imposition of juvenile life without parole, the death penalty, and felony disenfranchisement. The review of United States’ compliance with the CERD convention will take place in August.
July 7, 2014 (The Sentencing Project)
National: Rand Paul Seeks to Restore Voting Rights in Federal Elections
Arresting Citizenship Examines Criminal Justice Impact on Political Participation
Tennessee: Levels of Voter Disenfranchisement Remain High
Alabama: State Fixes Error: Marijuana Possession No Longer Bars Voting
Florida: Law School Graduate Unable to Practice Law Due to Felony Conviction
June 11, 2014 (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
The link between felon disenfranchisement, politics, and health
About 7.7% of voting age African Americans are currently prohibited from voting compared to 2.5% of the U.S. population. Pennsylvania is among the more progressive states in this regard; only current prisoners are prevented from casting ballots, with 2.5% of the state’s African Americans (0.6% of all races) disenfranchised, according to the Sentencing Project. When the analysis is limited to males, who are far more likely to be imprisoned, it finds that 13% of African American men are disenfranchised nationwide. An African American male born today has a 1-in-3 chance of being disenfranchised at some point in his life.
If a group of people can’t vote, the politicians who care about their health needs might be less likely to win elections.