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Marc Mauer, MSW Biography

Executive Director of The Sentencing Project
Pro to the question "Should People Who Have Completed Felony Sentences Be Allowed to Vote?"

“A half century after passage of the Voting Rights Act nearly six million Americans are prohibited from voting due to antiquated laws that are anathema to a democratic society. The racial disparities that plague the criminal justice system are transformed into restrictions on voting that dilute the political power of communities of color. Just as the use of incarceration in the United States is extreme by the norms of industrialized nations, so too are our felony disenfranchisement policies…

Disenfranchisement laws also establish barriers to reentry from prison. By sending a message of ‘second class citizenship,’ these policies work against the goal of integrating citizens back into the community and are counterproductive for public safety goals.”

“Response by The Sentencing Project to AG Holder’s Call for Felony Disenfranchisement Reform,”, Feb. 11, 2014

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Executive Director, The Sentencing Project, 2005-present
  • Assistant Director, The Sentencing Project, 1987-2005
  • Member, American Bar Association’s Committee on Race and the Criminal Justice System
  • Recipient, Margaret Mead Award, International Community Corrections Association, 2009
  • Recipient, John Augustus Award, National Association of Sentencing Advocates, 2009
  • Awarded the Alfred R. Lindesmith Award, from the Drug Policy Alliance, 2003
  • Semifinalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award (for book Race to Incarcerate), 1999
  • Awarded the Donald Cressey Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, 1996
  • Former Consultant, Bureau of Justice Assistance
  • Former Consultant, Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Former Consultant, National Institute of Corrections
  • Awarded the Helen L. Buttenweiser Award from the Fortune Society in New York, 1991
  • Member and National Justice Communications Coordinator, American Friends Service Committee, 1975-1986
  • MSW, University of Michigan
  • BA, State University of New York at Stony Brook
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Quoted in:
  1. Does the Social Contract Theory Present a Valid Reason for the Disenfranchisement of People with Felony Convictions?
  2. Should People Who Have Completed Felony Sentences Be Allowed to Vote?