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Monday, June 3, 2013

"Justifiable praise for Virginia Gov for new order restoring some felon voting rights"

Doug Berman at Sentencing Law & Policy has this post, excerpting a New York Times editorial. In part:

Nearly two dozen states have softened their disenfranchisement policies since the late 1990s, with several states repealing or scaling back lifetime bans.

But the practice of barring offenders from the polls remains a pronounced and malignant problem in the South, where it was used starting in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to curtail the political power of African-Americans.

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