Felony Disenfranchisement News
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.
May 19, 2014
The Sentencing Project Releases its 2013 Annual Report
The Sentencing Project is pleased to announce the release of its 2013 Annual report which provides a comprehensive overview of activities over the past year.
May 8, 2014 (The Sentencing Project)
Kentucky: Reform Bill Dies as Lawmakers Fail to Reach a Compromise
Minnesota: Support for Disenfranchisement Reform One-Sided
Iowa: Supreme Court Questions Policy
Virginia: Governor Streamlines Restoration Process
New Jersey: Bill Proposed to Permit Voting in Prison for Veterans
National: Rand Paul: Felony Disenfranchisement Reform, Not Voter ID Laws