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Chandra Bozelko Biography

Author and former felon
Pro to the question "Should People Who Have Completed Felony Sentences Be Allowed to Vote?"

“One universal right to vote for felons would erase the confusion and increase voter participation. Ideally, this could arise if every state followed Maine and Vermont’s example and refused to disenfranchise anyone for any reason. Short of that, Congress can create this right in federal elections.”

Cowritten with Ryan Lo, “Restoring Felon Voting Rights Critical to House Democrats First Bill,”, Dec. 31, 2018

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Columnist, “The Outlaw,” Creators Syndicate, Sep. 2018-present
  • Vice President, National Society of Newspaper Columnists, 2018-2020
  • Author, “Prison Diaries” column and blog, 2012-present
  • Leading with Conviction Fellow, JustLeadership USA, 2018
  • Fellow, John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Criminal Justice Reporting Fellowship, 2017
  • Junior Board Member, Women’s Prison Association, Sep. 2017
  • Attended, Fordham Law School
  • Graduate-level courses, Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
  • BA, magna cum laude, Philosophy, Princeton University, 1994
  • Twitter handle: @ChandraBozelko
  • First incarcerated person to have a regular byline in a mainstream newspaper, New Haven Independent
  • Served over six years in York Correctional Institution, a women’s prison in Connecticut, between Dec. 7, 2007 and Mar. 18, 2014
  • Convicted of 13 felony convictions, including first degree identity theft and attempted juror tampering, and four misdemeanor convictions, including third degree forgery and fifth degree larceny.
Quoted in:
  1. Should People with Felony Convictions Be Permitted to Vote while in Prison?