Locket Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy

Paperback | March 15, 2008

byJeff Manza, Christopher Uggen

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5.4 million Americans--1 in every 40 voting-age adults--are denied the right to participate in democratic elections because of a past or current felony conviction. In several American states, 1 in 4 black men cannot vote due to a felony conviction. In a country that prides itself on universalsuffrage, how did the United States come to deny a voice to such a large percentage of its citizenry? What are the consequences of large-scale disenfranchisement--for election outcomes, for the reintegration of former offenders back into their communities, and for public policy more generally?Locked Out exposes one of the most important, yet little known, threats to the health of American democracy. It reveals the centrality of racial factors in the origins of these laws, and their impact on today's political landscape. Marshalling the first real empirical evidence on the issue to make acase for reform, the authors' groundbreaking analysis will inform all future policy and political debates on the laws governing the political rights of criminals.

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5.4 million Americans--1 in every 40 voting-age adults--are denied the right to participate in democratic elections because of a past or current felony conviction. In several American states, 1 in 4 black men cannot vote due to a felony conviction. In a country that prides itself on universalsuffrage, how did the United States come to ...

Jeff Manza is Professor of Sociology at New York University. Christopher Uggen is Distinguished McKnight Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:March 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195341945

ISBN - 13:9780195341942

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Preface and AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Foundations2. The Racial Origins of Felon Disenfranchisement3. The Disenfranchised Population4. The Contemporary Disenfranchisement Regime5. Political Attitudes, Voting, and Criminal Behavior6. Disenfranchisement and Civic Reintegration7. The Impact of Disenfranchisement on Political Participation8. A Threat to Democracy?9. Public Opinion and Felon Disenfranchisement10. Unlocking the VoteAppendicesNotes

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"Locked Out is a sustained case for democracy, for dignity, for citizen participation, and for equality."--Daily Kos