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December 2014 Statement by The Sentencing Project for Senate Hearing on the State of Human and Civil Rights

The Sentencing Project submitted a statement today for inclusion in the record of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on “The State of Civil and Human Rights in the United States.” In this written statement, we seek to bring attention to the causes of mass incarceration and racial injustice, the failures of mandatory minimum penalties, and the deeply problematic policy of felony disenfranchisement. 

Issue Area(s): Sentencing Policy, Incarceration, Racial Disparity, Felony Disenfranchisement, Drug Policy

July 2014 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.

Issue Area(s): Sentencing Policy, Incarceration, Racial Disparity, Felony Disenfranchisement, Juvenile Justice

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