Disenfranchisement

Democracy Imprisoned: A Review of the Prevalence and Impact of Felony Disenfranchisement Laws in the United Statesfight-injustice

A Shadow Report Submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Preparation for the Fourth Periodic Review of the United States under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
September 2013

“Proponents of felony disenfranchisement argue that such laws may deter crime, though disenfranchisement has not been shown to actually accomplish the goal of deterrence. One commentator, for example, has observed that, “[r]ecent research suggests a negative correlation between voting and subsequent criminal activity among those with and without prior criminal history.”  Disenfranchisement, on the other hand, is likely to have the opposite effect by further marginalizing and alienating formerly
incarcerated individuals from civil society.”

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Democracy Imprioned- A Review of the Prevalence and Impact of Felony Disenfranchisement Laws in the US

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