This project report reviews the practice of barring felons from voting through state felony disenfranchisement laws. Felony disenfranchisement frequently relies on legal provisions that were passed with racial objectives. This policy disproportionately affects minority citizens, especially African Americans. Legal researchers argue that felony disenfranchisement is a result of racially motivated politics intended to weaken the electoral power of African American citizens.
This project report examines how history has impacted views regarding African American voting practices and the felony justice system. In addition, this project reviews how current and future research is being utilized to improve existing felony disenfranchisement laws.
|Advisor:||Fradella, Henry F.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||African American Studies, Black studies, Political science, Criminology|
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