Law Day CLE-Persistence and Change in Felon Voting Restrictions

A half‐dozen defendants sat in the courtroom, all described as “model probationers” living and working in Minneapolis. But they were facing new felony and the atmosphere was tense. Their crime? Illegal voting. They did not sell their votes or stuff the ballot box, they simply arrived at their polling place and cast ballots like so many of us did. Their new felony charges arose because in 27 US states it is illegal to vote while serving a probation sentence in the community. This talk will review research and policy developments in felon disenfranchisement law and policy, with a focus on developments in Minnesota. After addressing the origins, scope, political and racial impact, and public opinion on the practice, it considers the meaning of these legal restrictions in the context of contemporary debates in the United States and other nations.

This CLE is approved for credit through May 22, 2022.

Christopher Ugge | Regents Professor and Distinguished McKnight Professor of Sociology and Law | University of Minnesota

CLE Credits:
1.0 Standard CLE Credit approved | Event Code: 303167

RCBA Members:  $20.00
Non-RCBA Members:  $40.00



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