Felony Disenfranchisement News
December 9, 2014 (The Sentencing Project)
Statement by The Sentencing Project for Senate Hearing on the State of Human and Civil Rights
The Sentencing Project submitted a statement today for inclusion in the record of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on “The State of Civil and Human Rights in the United States.”
We commend Chairman Dick Durbin for continuing his examination of the policies and practices that contribute to excessive imprisonment and racial disparities throughout the criminal justice system. In this written statement, we seek to bring attention to the causes of mass incarceration and racial injustice, the failures of mandatory minimum penalties, and the deeply problematic policy of felony disenfranchisement.
December 1, 2014
Iowa: ACLU files lawsuit challenging voting laws
Florida: Advocates take action to restore voting rights on 2016 ballot
National: "The Racist Origins of Felon Disenfranchisement"
November 7, 2014 (The Sentencing Project)
Hot Off the Presses: The Sentencing Project's 2014 Newsletter
Our 2014 Newsletter is out! Read it to find out what we’ve been up to in the last year, including:
…and much more!
October 24, 2014 (The Sentencing Project)
Civil Rights Commission reports call for reform
California: 'Let me Vote' campaign spreads voting rights awareness
Florida: Candidate forced to withdraw due to prior felony conviction
Michigan: NAACP brings voting booths to county jails
Mississippi: Slim chance of reform during an election year
Ohio: Judge orders voting access for people jailed the weekend before an election
Wyoming: New bill to cut wait time for voting rights restoration
National: Felony disenfranchisement infographic
October 2, 2014 (The Sentencing Project)
Felony Disenfranchisement and the 2014 Midterm Elections
As the 2014 midterm elections approach, an estimated 5.85 million Americans will be unable to exercise their voting rights due to a current or previous felony conviction. Of the total disenfranchised population, 2.6 million have completed their sentences, yet are disenfranchised in the 12 states with the most restrictive policies. Overall, 75% of disenfranchised individuals are living in the community, either under probation or parole supervision, or having completed their sentences. Disenfranchisement policies have potentially affected the outcomes of previous U.S. elections, particularly as disenfranchisement laws disproportionately impact communities of color, leaving one in every 13 black adults voiceless in the electoral process.