Felony Disenfranchisement News
April 17, 2015
State Advocacy Update: Connecticut Governor calls for "Second Chance Society"
Connecticut: Governor Leads Effort for "Second Chance Society"
Kentucky: Addressing Sentence Lengths for Persons with Prior Felony Convictions
Massachusetts: Advocates Support Felony Reclassification and Reinvesting Savings
Other News: Alabama, Maryland, Missouri, and more...
April 10, 2015
Disenfranchisement News: MD legislature approves voting rights for people on probation & parole
Maryland: Legislature approves voting rights bill for people on probation and parole
Minnesota: Voting rights bill appears stalled
National: U.S. lawmakers introduce bill to restore voting rights after prison
International: Election newspaper distributed to Australian prisons and locked hospitals
March 9, 2015
Disenfranchisement News: Minnesota and Maryland Advance Probation and Parole Voting Legislation
Kentucky: Kentucky House passes voting rights bill
Minnesota: Bipartisan bill expands voting rights to people on probation and parole
Maryland: Lawmaker with prior arrest record champions voting rights bill
National: Civil Rights Voting Restoration Act
Books: African American Disenfranchisement
March 3, 2015
State Advocacy Update: Advocacy Campaign Leadership
Addressing Upstream Policies
Unlocking the Vote
State legislatures are in full swing. This year, legislation has been introduced in Kentucky to reclassify certain felony offenses to misdemeanors, eliminating prison as a sentencing option. Lawmakers in Maryland and Minnesota are considering expanding voting rights to persons on felony probation or parole. And advocates in Missouri are working to scale back the state's truth-in-sentencing provision for certain offenses.
February 3, 2015 (The Sentencing Project)
Black Lives Matter: Eliminating Racial Inequity in the Criminal Justice System
A new publication from The Sentencing Project provides a comprehensive review of programs and policies across the nation and identifies a broad range of initiatives that can address racial disparities at all levels of the criminal justice system. Black Lives Matter: Eliminating Racial Inequity in the Criminal Justice System highlights initiatives in more than 20 states designed to address the criminal justice system’s high rate of contact with people of color.
In the wake of the tragedies in Ferguson and other cities, excessive police contact has been identified as a major cause of the disproportionate rate of fatal police encounters for African Americans and Latinos. The report identifies four key features of the criminal justice system that produce racially unequal outcomes, beyond the conditions of socioeconomic inequality that contribute to higher rates of some crimes in marginalized communities, and showcases initiatives to abate these sources of inequity in adult and juvenile justice systems around the country.