Polls for Prisons

This article explores the disenfranchisement of people in prisons and the roots of the practice in the Greek concept of "civic death." It raises tensions between the ideals and realities of popular sovereignty in America.

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Why can’t most people in prison vote? Although states display considerable range of policies on the issue of how––if at all––people can vote after being released from institutions or onto parole or probation, the general idea is that the ballot box stops where the bars begin. Read more...