Public Opinion and Felon Disenfranchisement

Jeffrey Manza, Christopher Uggen, Clem Brooks

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    Abstract

    This chapter examines public attitudes toward disenfranchisement. It shows that there is little public support for stripping the right to vote from all people convicted of felonies. Instead, the public appears to view disenfranchisement as a harsh penalty in a democratic society with universal suffrage. The public endorses disenfranchisement for current prisoners, but "draws the line" at the prison gates. Strong public support for other political rights for criminal offenders is also noteworthy, including the right to speak freely even on controversial topics relating to the criminal justice system. This provides evidence for a degree of real depth in democratic sentiments among the American public.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationLocked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Electronic)9780199943975
    ISBN (Print)9780195149326
    DOIs
    StatePublished - May 24 2012

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    Keywords

    • Criminal offenders
    • Disenfranchised felons
    • Political rights
    • Public attitudes
    • Right to vote

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)

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    Manza, J., Uggen, C., & Brooks, C. (2012). Public Opinion and Felon Disenfranchisement. In Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149326.003.0050

    Public Opinion and Felon Disenfranchisement. / Manza, Jeffrey; Uggen, Christopher; Brooks, Clem.

    Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy. Oxford University Press, 2012.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Manza, J, Uggen, C & Brooks, C 2012, Public Opinion and Felon Disenfranchisement. in Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149326.003.0050
    Manza J, Uggen C, Brooks C. Public Opinion and Felon Disenfranchisement. In Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy. Oxford University Press. 2012 https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149326.003.0050
    Manza, Jeffrey ; Uggen, Christopher ; Brooks, Clem. / Public Opinion and Felon Disenfranchisement. Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy. Oxford University Press, 2012.
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