U.S. Department of Justice

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

Publication year: 2013 | Cataloged on: Feb. 19, 2014
ANNOTATION: This report “includes an overview of the history of and rationale for felony disenfranchisement laws in the United States, considers the U.S.’ disenfranchisement practices in the context of other nations, and discusses recent state law developments” (p. 1). Sections of this report include: reporting organizations; introduction and issue summary—disproportionate impact of felony disenfranchisement laws on minorities, history and rationale of felony disenfranchisement laws, the United States in international context, state felony disenfranchisement laws, recent developments in these laws, legal challenges to these laws, and conclusion; relevant question in list of issues; U.S. government response; recommended questions; and suggested recommendations. Included is a summary of felony disenfranchisement restriction in 2013.
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