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Sasha Abramsky, MA Biography

Lecturer at the University of California at Davis
Pro to the question "Should People Who Have Completed Felony Sentences Be Allowed to Vote?"

“In the real world, however, where a young, poor, black, or Latino man is far more likely to be arrested, incarcerated, and disenfranchised than a more affluent white man, where the fairness of many of the contemporary laws — in particular those relating to drug sentencing — that put people in prison is hotly contested, I would contend that disenfranchisement, even temporarily, overall does more societal harm than good. It is too heavily laden with the baggage of a culture divided along racial and class lines ever to be viewed as simply a criminal justice matter; its impact is too predictably absorbed by the economically marginal and the racially discriminated against to be viewed in isolation from broader social tensions.”

Conned: How Millions Went to Prison, Lost the Vote, and Helped Send George W. Bush to the White House, Apr. 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Lecturer, UC Davis
  • Former Senior Fellow For Democracy, Demos
  • Consultant, Human Rights Watch, 2002-2004
  • Writer, Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, Rolling Stone, the American Prospect, Mother Jones online, the Village Voice, the Los Angeles Weekly, New York magazine, the London Independent, the London Observer and opinion pieces for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune, and others, 1995-Present
  • Open Society Institute Crime and Communities Media Fellowship
  • MA, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
  • BA, Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Balliol College, Oxford, 1993
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Did Florida's Laws That Disenfranchised People with Felony Convictions Cause Al Gore to Lose the 2000 Presidential Elections?