Study Shows Even a Very Short Sentence Can Lead to Decrease in Voting
Date:  03-31-2019

Millions of people are convicted of misdemeanor offenses which could lead to a significant drop in future voting
From Ariel White's article in The Washington Post:

The disenfranchisement of felons has been a hotly debated subject recently, in part because such states as Florida and Louisiana have made it easier for people with criminal convictions to vote after they finish their sentences.

Felon disenfranchisement remains important. But the effects of the criminal justice system on voting patterns go well beyond laws that literally strip people of their voting rights. According to research I recently conducted, > According to research I recently conducted, even a misdemeanor charge leading to a short jail sentence — often of only a few days or weeks — can lead to a significant decrease in the likelihood of future voting. The effects are heavily concentrated among black voters.

Given that millions of Americans are jailed for misdemeanor offenses each year, the subsequent effects on voting behavior could be significant: Extrapolating from the numbers I found in one Texas county, roughly 100,000 to 150,000 black voters nationwide could be staying home in a given presidential election, as the result of a short stint behind bars. Continue reading >>>