Democracy Imprisoned: Felony Disenfranchisement in America
Date:  10-07-2013

2.2 million African-Americans are disenfranchised due to criminal convictions
"Democracy Imprisoned: A Review of the Prevalence and Impact of Felony Disenfranchisement Laws in the United States, details the impact of felony disenfranchisement laws in the United States in violation of the ICCPR. It was co-authored with the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the Hip Hop Caucus.” Marc Mauer, Executive Director, Sentencing Project.

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

"There is clear evidence that state felony disenfranchisement laws have a disparate impact on African Americans and other minority groups. At present, 7.7% of the adult African-American population, or one out of every thirteen, is disenfranchised. This rate is four times greater than the non-African- American population rate of 1.8%.6 In three states, at least one out of every five African-American adults is disenfranchised: Florida (23%), Kentucky (22%), and Virginia (20%). Nationwide, 2.2 million African-Americans are disenfranchised on the basis of involvement with the criminal justices system, more than 40% of whom have completed the terms of their sentences.”

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