This important development in Connecticut is reported by Cassandra Basla in WSHU:
Connecticut restored voting rights for people on probation almost two decades ago. Now, advocates want state lawmakers to give that right to people on parole, too. But they say many people touched by the justice system still do not know they have a right to vote.
James Jeter directs Unlock The Vote. He was incarcerated for over 19 years before helping restore voting rights for the reentry community. He said communities he works with often don’t make a habit of voting.
“The larger issue is, is that, when you’re poor, it doesn’t matter who is in power. You’re pretty much remaining poor. That has been the reality and the narrative of so many people. Their oppression has been bipartisan. No matter who’s in power, it’s been consistent,” Jeter said.
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