Felon Disenfranchisement

Posted: 26 Oct 2017

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Hadar Aviram

University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Allyson Bragg

University of California Hastings College of the Law

Chelsea Lewis

University of California Hastings College of the Law

Date Written: October 2017

Abstract

Crime control and prisons have featured prominently in electoral campaigns, yet currently and formerly incarcerated people are a profoundly disenfranchised constituency in the United States. This article examines the extent to which this population and its concerns have been excluded from American electoral politics. Starting with the philosophical debate on the extent of the right to vote, the article examines the scope of felon disenfranchisement in the United States, including comparative perspectives, policies in states that allow voting within prisons, and eligibility to run for office with a criminal record. The article also examines the problematic underlying issue of racial exclusion via felon disenfranchisement; the impact of disenfranchisement on civic engagement and recidivism; and the perspectives of disenfranchised, formerly incarcerated people. The article ends with thoughts on the prospects of bipartisan reform of voting rights.

Suggested Citation

Aviram, Hadar and Bragg, Allyson and Lewis, Chelsea, Felon Disenfranchisement (October 2017). Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Vol. 13, pp. 295-311, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3059659 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-lawsocsci-110316-113558

Hadar Aviram (Contact Author)

University of California, Hastings College of the Law ( email )

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Allyson Bragg

University of California Hastings College of the Law ( email )

200 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

Chelsea Lewis

University of California Hastings College of the Law ( email )

200 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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