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Disenfranchisement News: Arizona eliminates
August 09, 2019

Disenfranchisement News: Arizona eliminates "poll tax" for people with first-time felony offenses

Arizona eliminates "poll tax" for people with first-time felony offenses, Florida's legal battle on new voting rights measure continues, and more in our latest Disenfranchisement News.
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July 17, 2019

WEBINAR: Take the Next Step to End Mass incarceration

The next step to ending mass incarceration must include scaling back excessive penalties for people convicted of violent crimes.
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Kimberly Haven

Kimberly Haven’s journey as an advocate began when she sought to regain her own voting rights after release from a Maryland prison in 2001. She soon became passionate about the unfairness of disenfranchising citizens after they have completed their sentence and returned to the community.
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July 12, 2019

WEBINAR: Women and Life Imprisonment

The Sentencing Project's Campaign to End Life Imprisonment hosted a webinar discussing research and advocacy around women serving life imprisonment.
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Disenfranchisement News: Nevada & Colorado restore voting rights to people on community supervision
July 01, 2019

Disenfranchisement News: Nevada & Colorado restore voting rights to people on community supervision

Nevada and Colorado expand voting rights to people on community supervision, civil rights groups sue Florida over new "poll tax" law, and more news in our latest Disenfranchisement News.
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July 26, 2017

Dr. Stanley Andrisse

From prison cells to PhD, Dr. Stanley Andrisse shares his transformation to inspire those impacted by the criminal justice system.
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June 27, 2019

Felony Disenfranchisement: A Primer

Jean Chung
As of 2016, 6.1 million Americans were prohibited from voting due to laws that disenfranchise citizens convicted of felony offenses. Felony disenfranchisement rates vary by state, as states institute a wide range of disenfranchisement policies.
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U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Calls for Limiting Collateral Consequences
June 13, 2019

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Calls for Limiting Collateral Consequences

More than 44,000 collateral consequences exist nationwide that continue to punish people with felony records long after the completion of their sentence. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights report provides actionable recommendations to the President, Congress and federal agencies on how to scale back these punishments.
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Marlo Hargrove and David Waller

Marlo Hargrove and David Waller both successfully regained their voting rights after receiving felony convictions and serving their sentences.
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Disenfranchisement News: Florida lawmakers pass new “poll tax” for voting rights restoration
May 20, 2019

Disenfranchisement News: Florida lawmakers pass new “poll tax” for voting rights restoration

Lawmakers in Florida pass bill creating financial barrier to rights restoration, Iowa Senate blocks voting rights constitutional amendment bill, and more in our latest Disenfranchisement News.
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Criminal justice includes food security — we can't ban the social safety net
May 16, 2019

Criminal justice includes food security — we can't ban the social safety net

State that have rejected the tough on crime approach to welfare reform have improved public safety outcomes.
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Andres Idarraga

After his release in June of 2004, Andres Idarraga became a full-time student at Brown University studying comparative literature and economics while maintaining full-time employment. Idarraga saw his right to vote as a significant and crucial aspect to rebuilding his life and to contributing to his community.
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Opinion: Prisoners should be allowed to vote
May 13, 2019

Opinion: Prisoners should be allowed to vote

As extreme as is our rate of incarceration in the United States, so too are our felony disenfranchisement laws by the standards of comparable nations. As of 2016, an estimated 6.1 million people were denied the right to vote due to a current or previous felony conviction. Of this total 1.3 million were incarcerated in state or federal prisons.
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Letter in Support of the Democracy Restoration Act
April 09, 2019

Letter in Support of the Democracy Restoration Act

The Sentencing Project urges Senate to prioritize passage of the Democracy Restoration Act.
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Denver Schimming

As a previously incarcerated person who had his voting rights restored in 1996, Denver Schimming knew the power and importance of voting. His years in prison taught him that the criminal justice system could change only if impacted people spoke out. After his incarceration, voting was one of his highest priorities.
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