Last updated on: 5/4/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Rutgers Law School Constitutional Litigation Clinic Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
Reasoning:

“The American Civil Liberties Union and the Rutgers Law School Constitutional Litigation Clinic filed a petition today urging the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights [IACHR] to rule that denying New Jersey citizens on parole and probation the right to vote violates universal human rights principles….

The organizations are requesting that the Inter-American Commission investigate the claims made in their petition, declare the federal government and New Jersey and other states with similar post-incarceration voting restrictions in violation of universally accepted human rights standards, and most importantly, to urge all U.S. states to bring their felon disfranchisement laws into line with these standards.”

Press release with ACLU, titled “ACLU and Rutgers Champion Basic Rights, Citing Racial Discrimination,” [Note: Frank Askin, J.D., told ProCon.org in a 4/18/07 email, “To be more specific. our petition to the IACHR alleges that the New Jersey law violates the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man.”]

Description:

“Since its founding in 1970, the Constitutional Litigation Clinic has worked on cutting-edge constitutional reform. Through the clinic, students not only learn the law, they make the law. Constitutional Litigation Clinic students have litigated a remarkable array of landmark civil rights and international human rights cases.”

Constitutional Litigation Clinic’s website, accessed Sep. 18, 2006

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Quoted in:
  1. Are Felon Disenfranchisement Laws a Form of Racial Discrimination?