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Unlock Democracy - Restoring Voting Rights to Incarcerated People

Monday, October 28, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


Did you know that less than 20 years ago incarcerated people in Massachusetts had the right to vote? In 2000 a ballot question passed that made voting from prison illegal. This means about 8,234 people are currently denied the right to vote in Massachusetts due to imprisonment. Massachusetts disproportionately incarcerates people of color, so while the state is 18.2% people of color, 58% (or 4,982) of people disenfranchised due to imprisonment are people of color. Come learn about the grass-roots movement to restore voting rights by another ballot question from leaders in the movement. The panel will discuss the recent history of disenfranchising people in prison in Massachusetts, the law’s impact on democracy, and why full suffrage is critical.

This program is free and open to all.

This program is made possible in part by the Boston Bar Foundation's Policy Research and Innovation Fund. This fund supports BBA policy-related projects, programs or initiatives that focus on promoting justice, expanding access to the legal system, and advancing the law and the profession. For more information about the Boston Bar Foundation, please click here .


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Jenna Kim


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