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October 2013 ICCPR Felony Disenfranchisement Shadow Report

In violation of U.S. civil rights and human rights obligations, almost six million individuals in the United States are disenfranchised due to a felony conviction. Submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Committee, Democracy Imprisoned: a Review of the Prevalence and Impact of Felony Disenfranchisement Laws in the United States details the impact of felony disenfranchisement laws in the United States and how they violate Articles 25 and 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which the United States ratified in 1992.

Issue Area(s): Racial Disparity, Collateral Consequences, Felony Disenfranchisement

June 2013 Felony Disenfranchisement: A Primer

The dramatic growth of the U.S. prison population in the last 40 years has led to record levels of disenfranchisement, with an estimated 5.85 million citizens banned from the polls today. This primer provides an introduction to the issue, covering: an overview of state felony disenfranchisement policies; the history and impact of felony disenfranchisement; state-level reform efforts; and disenfranchisement policies in an international context.

Author: Jean Chung
Issue Area(s): Collateral Consequences, Felony Disenfranchisement, Racial Disparity

February 2013 (The Sentencing Project) Comments of The Sentencing Project on Restoring Voting Rights in Tennessee

Felony disenfranchisement is not only unjust and undemocratic, but it is counterproductive to the goal of increasing public safety.  The Sentencing Project submitted comments to a Tennessee panel studying how the state might bring more of its citizens into the electoral process rather than excluding them through felony disenfranchisement.

Issue Area(s): Felony Disenfranchisement, Racial Disparity, Collateral Consequences

January 2013 (The Sentencing Project) The State of Sentencing 2012: Developments in Policy and Practice

The State of Sentencing 2012: Developments in Policy and Practice highlights reforms in 24 states that demonstrate a continued trend to reform sentencing policies and scale back the use of imprisonment without compromising public safety. The report provides an overview of recent policy reforms in the areas of sentencing, probation and parole, collateral consequences, and juvenile justice.

Author: Nicole D. Porter
Issue Area(s): Collateral Consequences, Racial Disparity, Drug Policy, Incarceration, Felony Disenfranchisement, Sentencing Policy, Juvenile Justice
State(s): California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas
September 2012 State Collateral Consequences Legislative Roundup 2012

This report documents 2012 changes in state policy regarding collateral conequences.  The report was a collaboration with The Sentencing Project, ACLU, Crossroad Bible Institute, National Employment Law Project, and the National H.I.R.E. Network. 

This paper is organized into the following policy categories: (1) “ban the box”; (2) employer negligent hiring protections; (3) expungement and sealing; (4) federal public benefits opt-out legislation; (5) felony enfranchisement; and and (6) Uniform Collateral Consequences of Conviction Act legislation.

Author: Nicole D. Porter
Issue Area(s): Sentencing Policy, Collateral Consequences, Felony Disenfranchisement
State(s): Utah, Tennessee, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Ohio, New York, New Mexico, New Jersey, North Carolina, Missouri, Michigan, Maryland, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, Delaware, California, Arizona, Virginia