Millions of people with a felony conviction in America are denied the right to vote. And America is the most incarcerated country in the world.
Did you know that nearly 6 million people in the United States are unable to vote due to felonу disenfranchisement laws that do not permit people with a felony record to vote? This is a modern-day version of Jim Crow-era, because, if you remember, Jim Crow laws were meant to keep African Americans politically disempowered.
For example, in Florida one in four Black adults cannot vote. In Florida it is extremely easy to find yourself with a felony conviction.
“It seems like every year our legislators create more felonies. In the state of Florida, you can get a felony conviction for disturbing turtle nesting eggs, driving with a suspended license, burning a tire in public, trespassing on a construction site,” the president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition said.
The numbers keep rising due to the rise of mass incarceration.
Disenfranchisement laws shouldn’t impact the ability to vote. Many people go to prison for nonviolent crimes. Moreover, a new study suggests that nearly 10,000 people in our country may be wrongfully convicted of serious crimes each year.