Last updated on: 3/20/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Kwame Akosah, JD Biography

Title:
Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
Reasoning:

“Over the past two decades, states across the country have made significant progress scaling back archaic laws that collectively deny voting rights to millions of Americans with criminal convictions in their past. But Florida is not one of them: The state has a 150-year-old law that bans people from voting for life if they have a conviction.

Imagine if nearly every adult citizen living in Miami-Dade County lost their right to vote. By the numbers, that is the reality in Florida. According to estimates from the Sentencing Project, nearly 1.5 million citizens across Florida have permanently lost the right to vote even though they have fully completed their sentences…

[V]oters should consider the importance of a second chance to someone who has committed a crime in his or her past, but is now part of the community and trying to care for themselves and their families just like everyone else. It is hard to do that without a voice in our government. This amendment will give them that voice.”

“Restore Ex-Felons’ Voting Rights — It’s the Right Thing,” miamiherald.com, Mar. 4, 2017

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Equal Justice Works Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, Sep. 2015-present
  • Policy Intern, New York City Mayor’s Office of Operations, Jan. 2015-May 2015
  • Legal Intern, Voting Rights Project, ACLU, Sep. 2014-Dec. 2014
  • Legal Intern, Brennan Center for Justice, May 2014-Aug. 2014
  • Legal Intern, Project Vote, May 2013-Aug. 2013
Education:
  • JD, Fordham Law School, 2015
  • BA, Political Science and Government, University of California at Los Angeles, 2010
Other:
  • Recipient, Monsignor James J. Murray Prize for Achievement in Public Service, 2015
  • Recipient, Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award
Quoted in:
  1. Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?