Felony Disenfranchisement in America: Historical Origins, Institutional Racism, and Modern Consequences (Criminal Justice) by Katherine Irene Pettus
English | 2004 | ISBN: 1593320612 | 280 Pages | PDF | 1 MB
Pettus traces felony disenfranchisement from Athenian democracy to the present.
She analyzes the contradiction between present state disenfranchisement practices and voting rights jurisprudence and concludes that American citizens lack equal voting rights: the right to vote for national representatives is trumped by state laws that define felonies and the criteria for disenfranchisement. The majority of the disenfranchised today are African-American, and most felony convictions are drug-related. Nonetheless, drug use and trafficking are equally distributed across demographic groups. The current variation in state laws disenfranchising felons, the lack of standard definitions of felonies, and the racial disparities within the criminal justice system reproduce many of the inequalities of the colonial America, despite the development of federal citizenship and voting rights law since the end of the Civil War.
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