Felon Disenfranchisement & American Democracy (live teleconference option available)*
Co-sponsored by the Ramsey County Bar Association & the Ramsey County Law Library
May 7, 2014
There are both legal and informal barriers to former criminals becoming active citizens in their communities. As criminal punishment has reached unprecedented levels in the United States, barriers such as voting restrictions have taken on new meaning. In his research with Jeff Manza, Christopher Uggen attempts to place the practice of felon disenfranchisement in context and consider its effects on individuals, democratic institutions, inequalities based on class and race, and civic life more generally. Can the “civic reintegration” of convicted felons strengthen democracy while preserving, and perhaps enhancing, public safety? This talk will present evidence on five key questions about felon disenfranchisement laws: their origins, their political impact, their meaning to the disenfranchised, their implications for crime and recidivism, and the degree of public support for the practice.
Presenter: Chris Uggen, University of Minnesota McKnight Professor
Time: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Registration: 3:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Room 40, Ramsey County District Courthouse, St. Paul
Credit: 1 Standard Credit approved; Code #189588
Teleconference Cost: $10 RCBA members; $20 non-members**
*Instructions for accessing the teleconference will be sent prior to the CLE. We cannot offer the live teleconference to law students for free. Law students may still attend the live presentation for free. If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com or call 651-222-0846.