Last updated on: 11/26/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Sentencing Project Biography

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

“Felony voting restrictions in the U.S. are political anachronisms reflecting values incompatible with modern democratic principles… We believe the best course of action would be to remove conviction-based restrictions on voting rights.”

Losing The Vote – The Impact of Felony Disenfranchisement Laws in the United States,” Oct. 1998

Description:

“The Sentencing Project, incorporated in 1986, has become a national leader in the development of alternative sentencing programs and in research and advocacy on criminal justice policy. The Sentencing Project originated out of pilot programs developed by Malcolm C. Young, Executive Director, for the National Legal Aid and Defender Association and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency from 1981-86.”

Sentencing Project website, accessed Mar. 7, 2007

Mission:

“To promote reduced reliance on incarceration and increased use of more effective and humane alternatives to deal with crime.”

Sentencing Project website, accessed Mar. 7, 2007

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. How Do US Felon Disenfranchisement Laws Compare to Those of Other Countries?
  2. What Is the Incarcerated Felon Population by the Type of Crime Committed?
  3. Other Than Felons, Who Else Can Be Prevented from Voting?
  4. Other Than Voting, What Privileges/Rights Do Felons Lose?