Pro to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) 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," sentencingproject.org, Feb. 11, 2014
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:
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