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FELONY DISENFRANCHISEMENT



Nationally, an estimated 5.85 million Americans are denied the right to vote because of laws that prohibit voting by people with felony convictions. Felony disenfranchisement is an obstacle to participation in democratic life which is exacerbated by racial disparities in the criminal justice system, resulting in 1 of every 13 African Americans unable to vote.

U.S. Felony Disenfranchisement Laws by State

Felony Disenfranchisement News
February 10, 2016 (The Sentencing Project)
New Publication: The State of Sentencing 2015: Developments in Policy and Practice

The State of Sentencing 2015: Developments in Policy and Practice highlights reforms in 30 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.


February 2, 2016
Disenfranchisement News: Maryland House Votes to Expand Voting Rights

Maryland: House votes to expand voting rights to people on probation and parole 

Kentucky: Governor reverses predecessor's executive order to restore voting rights 

California: Combating misinformation on voting rights restoration 


January 28, 2016
State Advocacy Update: Unlocking the Vote with Grassroots Support

Maryland: Unlocking the Vote

New Jersey: Challenging Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System

Missouri: Scaling Back Truth in Sentencing

Other News: Conneticut, Delaware, Kansas, and more


November 4, 2015
Disenfranchisement News: Investigation reveals arbitrary process of voting rights restoration

Florida: Jeb Bush approved only one-fifth of the 385K applications for civil rights submitted while governor

Iowa: Judge upholds state ban on voting with a felony conviction

National: Rep. Jeffries proposes bill to restore voting rights in federal elections

Attorney General Loretta Lynch on felony disenfranchisement: "Let them vote."

International: New Zealand High Court rules against blanket ban on prison voting 


September 3, 2015
Disenfranchisement News: California expands voting rights to an estimated 60,000 people

California: State expands voting rights to an estimated 60,000 people on community supervision 

Maryland: Rally to Unlock the Vote on 50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act 

National: Martin O'Malley calls for restoration of voting rights

International: More than 22,000 Canadians behind bars are eligible to vote