Felony Disenfranchisement And Its Effects On The State Of Residency

843 Words May 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
Felony disenfranchisement is a law that was made in the 20th century. Disenfranchisement refers to restrictions on which convicted felons are not allowed to vote. The United States’ disenfranchisement law places drastic effects on felons in their state of residency by preventing them from voting. English colonists brought disenfranchisement to America as a punishment for felons’ criminal behavior. Committing a crime showed that they were unfit to be included in political events. There is a lot of controversy about Disenfranchisement laws. Disenfranchisement varies in different states Maine and Vermont, felons never lose their right to vote, even when they are incarcerated. With this law that was made a lot of people thought differently about it. There were many pros and cons and brought up a lot of controversy. Some say its injustice like and others say it is perfectly fine because they are still citizens of the U.S and they are already serving a punishment by imprisonment. Other states like Florida, Iowa, and Virginia both felons and ex-felons lose their voting rights permanently. (W. Underhill, 2016). Twenty-nine states had laws on the books at the time of the ratification of the Constitution. Laws such as this were borne out of concept of a punitive criminal justice system. Around 1870 many southern states broadened felony disenfranchisement and started to pay more attention to crimes committed by African Americans. This was used with the requirements of the Fifteenth…
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