Felony Disenfranchisement

  • Raafaye Ali

Over 6.1 million Americans are forbidden to vote because of felony disenfranchisement, or laws restricting voting rights for those convicted of felony-level crimes. The number of disenfranchised individuals has increased dramatically along with the rise in criminal justice populations in recent decades, rising from an estimated 1.17 million in 1976 to 6.1 million in 2016. Overwhelmingly of which are black and brown bodies A country where even when you serve your sentence your rights as a citizen stripped away.