Lawyers' Committee Partners with ACLU and Sentencing Project to File Felony Disenfranchisement Petition
September 09, 2009
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has partnered with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Sentencing Project to request that the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights carry out a comprehensive review of the effect of felony disenfranchisement laws on racial and ethnic minorities in the United States and other countries in the Americas. The Request which was filed today and garnered the support of scores of organizations, asserts that felony disenfranchisement laws, policies and practices violate the right to vote free from discrimination under the American Declaration on the Rights and Duties of Man and the American Convention on Human Rights. Click here to read the Request and learn more about how the implementation of felony disenfranchisement laws disproportionately affect the voting rights of minorities and marginalized populations.