Category: Felon Disenfranchisement (return to main resources page)
Voting is a fundamental right and a cornerstone of our democracy, yet millions of Americans have had their right to vote revoked for periods ranging from the time spent incarcerated to a lifetime. In 10 states, you can lose your right to vote for life. The ACLU is fighting to restore the voting rights of formerly incarcerated people so that they, like all Americans, will be heard.
Chris Uggen, Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of Minnesota, studies crime, law, and deviance, especially how former prisoners manage to put their lives back together. His writing appears in American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, and Criminology and has been featured in media such as the New York Times, The Economist, and NPR. With Jeff Manza, he wrote Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy.