Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
"Finally, we should recognize that the new phenomenon of imprisonment and reentry also has profound consequences for our democracy and our pursuit of racial justice.... In more than a dozen states, a convicted felon loses the right to vote -- for life. Thirty-two states prohibit offenders on probation or parole from voting. As a result, nearly 4 million Americans, one in fifty adults, is barred from voting. Of these, 1.4 million are African American, accounting for 13 percent of the adult black male population. In states with lifetime bans, the consequences for democratic participation are deeply disturbing. One in four -- one in four -- African American men have lost the right to vote for life in Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Mississippi, New Mexico, Virginia and Wyoming."
"Prisoner Reentry Seen Through a Community Lens," Luncheon Address, Aug. 23, 2001
Experts Individuals with PhD's, JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to felon voting issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to felon voting issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2004-Present
Senior Fellow, Urban Institute, 2000-2004
Director, National Institute of Justice (the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice), 1994-2000
Deputy Commissioner for Legal Matters, New York City Police Department, 1990-1994
Chief Counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, 1990
Special Advisor to New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch, 1986-1989
Assistant Director for Law Enforcement Services for the Mayor's Office of Operations, 1986
Special Counsel to the Police Commissioner of the NYPD, 1984-1986
Law Clerk to then-U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1983-1984
Executive Director of the New York City Criminal Justice Agency, 1977-1979
JD, New York University School of Law
MPA, New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service