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Democracy Imprisoned: A Review of the Prevalence and Impact of Felony Disenfranchisement Laws in the United States

September 30, 2013 | Download

This report, authored by a coalition of organizations, reviews the racial implications of the United States’s felony disenfranchisement practices.  It holds that the practice as a whole is inconsistent with critical human rights protections.  The disenfranchisement rate has increased by 500% since 1980, and this indicates that these laws undermine the open, participatory nature of our democratic process.  Moreover, these laws have a disparate impact on African Americans and other minority groups.  The report explores the effects of these laws and highlights several recommendations, calling on the US governmment to put a stop to felony disenfranchisement.

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