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Share Your Story: Have You Lost the Right to Vote?

Did you lose the right vote due to a felony conviction? Did you have to wait to have your voting rights restored due to the policies in your state? Do you live in a state where you have to apply to have your voting rights restored? Please share your story with us by emailing advocacy@sentencingproject.org

Ask Congress to Support the Voter Empowerment Act, H.R. 12

Legislation pending in Congress would restore voting rights in federal elections to persons living in the community with prior felony convictions.  Voting rights are among our most cherished freedoms and are critical to the health of our democracy.  

Urge your Member of Congress to co-sponsor the Voter Empowerment Act, H.R. 12, which would restore voting rights in federal elections to individuals with prior felony convictions.

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Justice Policy Priorities for the 112th Congress (The Sentencing Project)
In a letter to U.S. House and Senate members The Sentencing Project shared its criminal and juvenile justice policy priorities for the 112th Congress. Included among the issues highlighted are statistics documenting the record growth and expense of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and recommendations for reform that are consistent with public safety goals.  The letter also calls for stronger federal leadership in ensuring fair, empiracally supported, and age-appropriate treatment of at-risk youth and juvenile offenders. 

A Criminal Justice Commission can help lead reform (The Sentencing Project)

Senator Jim Webb has introduced legislation, S. 306 to establish a national commission to study criminal justice issues.

Your Senators need to hear from you if we want a Criminal Justice Commission to address unfairness, excessive sentence length and racial disparity.  Please contact your Senators today and ask them for their support.

VWI: Voting While Incarcerated: A Toolkit for Voting Rights Advocates (American Civil Liberties Union)

Advocacy-oriented document that describes the procedure for engaging in jail-based voter registration; highlights successful strategies based upon campaigns in a number of jurisdictions. 63 pages

The Right to Vote: The Campaign to Restore the Voting Rights of Persons Convicted of a Felony and Sentenced to Probation in Connecticut (DemocracyWorks)

In-depth report on the individuals, coalitions, lawmakers, strategies and issues that came together in the summer of 2001 and resulted in the passage of Public Act 01-11 restoring the right to vote to persons on felony probation. 36 pages

Jail-Based Voter Registration Campaigns (Steven Kalogeras and Marc Mauer)

Document describing voter education, outreach, and registration programs in four local jails. 5 pages