Unlocking the Ballot: Using Data to Expand Voting Rights

The Sentencing Project hosted a webinar with academics and advocates to highlight how data and research are leveraged to advance voting rights campaigns.

Related to: Voting Rights

2024 is shaping up to be a historic election year with debates over voting rights and criminal legal issues taking center stage. Too often not discussed and misunderstood is how people with justice system involvement are mobilizing to make their voices heard through civic engagement processes.

This webinar discussed how academics and advocates are using data and research to advance voting rights campaigns. We looked at what the data shows as effective ways to engage justice-impacted communities and emerging areas of research.

We also explored how involvement in research campaigns is bolstering community organizing and advocacy efforts to build power and expand the franchise.


  • Robert Lilly – Texas’ Grassroots Leadership
  • Antoinette Ratcliffe – California’s Initiate Justice
  • Dr. Robert Stewart – University of Maryland
  • Al Barrentine – Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
  • Jarvis Johnson – North Carolina’s Forward Justice
  • Dr. Hannah Walker – University of Texas

Moderator: Bob Libal – The Sentencing Project

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