Percentage of Population with a Felony Conviction

Political Economy of Felon Disenfranchisement

Over 6.1M US citizens, especially black Americans, lose voting rights due to felonies. Using a new database, we reveal how this impacts political outcomes. Stricter laws lower voting likelihood, even among eligible individuals. Easing these laws promotes policy liberalism and black representation.

Arpita Ghosh, James Rockey