This interesting article in the Clarion Ledger is by Gabriela Szymanowska:
A new study suggests that Mississippians who finish prison sentences should have a clear path to reestablishing their voting rights instead of a system in which they often don’t find success.
The report, “Our Voices, Our Votes: Felony Disenfranchisement and Reentry in Mississippi,” weaves together data, personal stories and state history to show how some laws and policies continue to silence the incarcerated, even after they’re released from prison.
The report states Mississippi had the third highest incarceration rate in the United States in 2018 with 1,039 out of every 100,000 Mississippians being locked in jail or prison. In 2020, a total of 235,152 people, or 11% or the state’s population, were deprived the right to vote due to a felony conviction.
Read the full story here.