Term Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law, and Society at George Mason University
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
"The most important consequence of allowing prisoners to vote is that it would remove the incentives for 'prison gerrymandering.' In most U.S. states, prisoners are counted by the census based on where they are incarcerated, not where they are registered to vote. Because most large prisons are in sparsely populated rural areas, prison complexes have an important effect on gerrymandering.
Many prisoners are racial minorities or people who live in urban areas, which means these places lose voting population, while more conservative areas gain nonvoting population. This advantages Republican congressmen in places like upstate New York, who benefit from inflated populations for redistricting purposes, but have nothing to fear at election time. Prisoner disenfranchisement therefore contributes to a structural disparity that causes Congress and state legislatures to be more conservative than the public at large."
Andrew Novak, "Bernie Sanders Got It Right on CNN: Felons Ought to Be Allowed to Vote," thedailybeast.com, Apr. 24, 2019
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:
Term Assistant Professor, Criminology, Law, and Society, George Mason University, 2017-present
Contract Decision Writer, Black Lung Benefits, US Department of Labor, Aug. 2015-present
Labor and Employment Law Liaison, American Bar Association HIV/AIDS Coordinating Committee, Aug. 2008-present
Adjunct Professor, Criminology, Law, and Society, 2013-2016
Adjunct Professor, African Law, Washington College of Law, American University, 2012
Attorney-Advisor, Chief Administrative Law Judge Stephen Purcell, Office of Administrative Law Judges, US Department of Labor, Feb. 2012-May 2012
Attorney-Advisor, Administrative Law Judge Pamela Lakes, Office of Administrative Law Judges, US Department of Labor, Sep. 2009–Sep. 2011
Contract Adjudicator, Employment Adjudication Division, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, US Department of Agriculture, Jan. 2014-Aug. 2015
Associate Counsel, US Board of Veterans' Appeals, May 2012–Mar. 2013
Interim Judicial Clerkship Coordinator, Washington College of Law, American University, Sep. 2011–Dec. 2011
Intern, Activism and Research Programme, Ditshwanelo Botswana Centre for Human Rights, June 2007-Aug. 2007
Special Assistant to the Acting Executive Director, US Association for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Sep. 2003-Sep.2004
PhD, Middlesex University London School of Law
JD, Boston University School of Law
MSc, African Politics, London School of Oriental and African Studies
BA, International Affairs, George Washington University