Voting Rights in the Era of Mass Incarceration: A Primer

The Sentencing Project

(July 2021)
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According to this brief, as of 2020, 5.2 million Americans were prohibited from voting due to laws that disenfranchise citizens convicted of felony offenses. Voting rights vary by state, which institute a wide range of disenfranchisement policies.

The brief examines the range of policies and practices across states and includes a historical look at voting rights restrictions, changes in the disenfranchised population over time, current state reform efforts, and consideration of the societal and practical impacts of voting restrictions. 

Resource Type
State Studies and Inventories