In the 2004 presidential election, 4,686,539 Americans?a population greater than the city of Los Angeles?were barred from the polls. In a country that has extended suffrage to virtually every other class of citizen, ex-felons are the sole segment of our population deemed unworthy to exercise what the Supreme Court has called "the right preservative of all other rights," the right to vote.
The Disenfranchisement of Ex-Felons provides a ...
In the 2004 presidential election, 4,686,539 Americans—a population greater than the city of Los Angeles—were barred from the polls. In a country that has extended suffrage to virtually every other class of citizen, ex-felons are the sole segment of our population deemed unworthy to exercise what the Supreme Court has called "the right preservative of all other rights," the right to vote.
The Disenfranchisement of Ex-Felons provides a comprehensive overview of the history, nature, and far-reaching sociological and political consequences of denying ex-felons the right to vote. Readers learn state practices in Florida and Ohio during the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections; arguments that have been used in court houses, legislatures, and the press to justify such practices; and attempts to reverse legislation through state and federal governments. In a timely appendix to the 2004 election, Elizabeth Hull makes her case that the battle for civil rights will not be won unless ex-felons, who have fulfilled their obligations to society, are restored the same rights afforded all other American citizens.
Elizabeth Hull brings together reports from a wide variety of scholarly disciplines. The Disenfranchisement of Ex-Felons includes material from public law, political philosophy, history, sociology, legislative politics, and electoral analysis; its spatial perspectives include the states, the nation, foreign countries, and the international community. This comprehensive combination of diverse literatures and perspectives make this book the basic guide to contemporary scholarship on this subject of emerging policy significance.
Elizabeth A. Hull is Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, Newark. Professor Hull has written numerous articles on the constitutional rights of women, minorities, and non-citizens, and two books: Without Justice for All: The Constitutional Rights of Aliens and Taking Liberties: National Barriers to the Free Flow of Ideas.
Foreword by Representative John Conyers, Jr.Acknowledgments1. Introduction2. The History of Disenfranchisement Laws3. The Toll on Minority Communities4. Collateral Damages and Clemency5. Justifications for Disenfranchisement: Pragmatic, Principled, and Philosophical6. Reform: Interest Groups and Strategies7. State Reforms8. Voting: Constitutional and Civic Concerns9. Constitutional Challenges and the Voting Rights Act10. Cruel and Unusual Punishment and International Law11. The Political Consequences of Disenfranchisement12. Thinking the UnthinkableAfterwordNotesSelected BibliographyIndex