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Jason L. Riley Biography

Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should People Who Have Completed Felony Sentences Be Allowed to Vote?"

“Blacks are disproportionately affected by felon disenfranchisement laws because a disproportionate number of blacks are felons. The problem is black criminality, not racist laws. White felons face the same voting restrictions…

The Obama administration would rather focus on white racism instead of black behavior. But before Republicans follow along, they might consider how these liberal policies impact the law-abiding members of the black community so often ignored by the left… re-enfranchising black felons gives people who broke the law the ability to dilute the votes of black people who followed it—the very same law-abiding blacks who in the vast majority of cases were the felons’ victims.”

“Holder (Hearts) Felons,” Wall Street Journal, Feb. 12, 2014

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute, 2015-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Wall Street Journal, 2005-present
  • Senior Editorial Page Writer, Wall Street Journal, 2000-present
  • Editorial Interactive Editor, Leisure & Arts, Wall Street Journal, 1996-2000
  • Copyreader, Wall Street Journal, 1994-1996
  • He has appeared on Fox News, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Hannity and Colmes, and ABC’s World News Tonight.
  • BA, State University of New York at Buffalo
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Quoted in:
  1. Are Laws That Disenfranchise People with Felony Convictions a Form of Racial Discrimination?