|In recent years significant reforms in felony disenfranchisement policies have been achieved at the state level. Since 1997, 23 states have amended one or more of their felony disenfranchisement policies in an effort to reduce their restrictiveness and expand voter eligibility. Despite these reforms, more than 6 million people are ineligible to vote in the midterm elections in November 2018 because of a felony conviction. Racial disparities in the criminal justice system also translate into higher rates of disenfranchisement in communities of color, resulting in one of every thirteen African American adults being ineligible to vote.
Please join leading advocates and researchers for a webinar discussing felony disenfranchisement and state reforms. The webinar is co-hosted by The Sentencing Project and Florida Rights Restoration Coalition.
Marc Mauer – Executive Director, The Sentencing Project
Desmond Meade – President, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
Sarah Shannon – Assistant Professor, University of Georgia
Taina Vargas-Edmond – Co-Founder, Initiate Justice