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October 11, 2006

Important new report on felony disenfranchisement

With less than a month to go before a big election, the Sentencing Project has released an important new report on felony disenfranchisement.  This report, entitled "A Decade of Reform: Felony Disenfranchisement Policy in the United States" can be downloaded below.  Here are highlights from an e-mail I received about the report:

Findings published in A Decade of Reform: Felony Disenfranchisement Policy in the United States disclose that since 1997, 16 states have implemented policy reforms that have reduced the restrictiveness of these laws, and more than 600,000 people in seven states have regained their voting rights.

The report also states:

  • U.S. disenfranchisement laws remain among the world's most severe despite public opinion polls showing 80% support for restoring the vote to those who have completed their sentences.
  • During this year alone, 73 bills on felony disenfranchisement were introduced in 22 states and 85% of these initiatives sought to expand voting rights.
  • More than 5 million Americans still will be banned from voting this Election Day; three quarters of those banned — 3.9 million — are living in the community.
  • An estimated 1 in 12 African Americans is disenfranchised, a rate nearly five times the rate of non-African Americans.

Download FVR_Decade_Reform.pdf

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great blog. i have a question:
when an ex felon (non violent, per se) is denied the right to vote even after a sentence is completed in its entirety, does it violate the ex post facto clause...

Posted by: GARY LEMKE | Oct 29, 2006 7:52:44 AM

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Posted by: gary | Oct 29, 2006 7:55:07 AM

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