Barriers to the Ballot: Criminal Disenfranchisement Laws

Production Date: April 11, 2016 Practice Areas: Constitutional Law, Election, Campaign, & Political Law, Civil Rights, and Public Interest Law Estimated Length: 3794 minutes


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An estimated 5.85 million U.S. citizens have been denied the right to vote due to a criminal conviction. Criminal disenfranchisement has grown with mass incarceration – from 1.17 million citizens in 1976 to 3.34 million citizens in 1996 – and broadly impacts the composition of the electorate in local, state and federal elections.


This course examines the prevalence and impact of criminal disenfranchisement laws in the United States. The discussion provides an overview of the issue of disenfranchisement following a criminal conviction, the history of criminal disenfranchisement laws, and the disproportionate impact of such laws on racial minorities. The course compares disenfranchisement laws among states, and outlines recent developments in states’ disenfranchisement rules. The course also includes a discussion of federal and state court challenges to disenfranchisement laws, and recent developments in criminal disenfranchisement within the Executive and Legislative branches.


Learning Objectives:

I.     Understand the history of criminal disenfranchisement in the U.S.

II.   Assess how criminal disenfranchisement impacts the modern electorate

III.   Identify the structure of states’ various disenfranchisement laws

IV.   Provide guidance on recent court challenges to disenfranchisement laws and developments within the Executive and Legislative branches

Ajua H.
Philadelphia, PA

Very interesting lecture.

Cecilia C.
San Francisco, CA

Informative and the content presented barriers to disenfranchisement, a horrendous injustice in America, in a matter of fact way.

Christina J.
Lake Worth, FL

very enlightening! Thank you!

Kathryn S.
Saint Petersburg, FL


kelly w.
Mamaroneck, NY

The instructor was excellent.

Rafiah B.
West Palm Beach, FL

Very interesting, listened 2x

David L.
Delray Beach, FL

Very useful.

Arianne U.
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

i give high marks for everyone, but she was particularly great.

Rita D.
Delray Beach, FL

One of the best presentations I've listened to in this bundle.

James W.
Cincinnati, OH

thank you

Brian W.
Tallahassee, FL

Excellent presentation.

Thomas B. M.
Austin, TX

Good information.

Kirk L.
Black Mountain, NC


Andrew C.
Los Angeles, CA

Good program.

Mary F.
Lansing, MI

The presenter and content are exceptional!

Michael B.
Chicago, IL

timely course

Diane E.
Justice, IL

interesting and alarming

Joseph B.
Danbury, CT

Excellent speaker

Steve S.
delray beach, FL

It was interesting

Stacey T.
Chicago, IL

Very good.

Daniel L.
Chicago, IL

A lot of information but very good.

Henry H.
Evanston, IL

Clear, relevant and very well informed presentation. Highly recommend.

T. J. D.

very nice job!

Louis D.
Phoenix, AZ

Excellent summation of current laws and cases on subject.