36 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 193 (2004-2005)
Voting and Subsequent Crime and Arrest: Evidence from a Community Sample

handle is hein.journals/colhr36 and id is 201 raw text is: VOTING AND SUBSEQUENT CRIME
AND ARREST: EVIDENCE FROM A
COMMUNITY SAMPLE
Christopher Uggen and Jeff Manza*
I. INTRODUCTION
A number of recent studies have examined the origins and
consequences of felon disenfranchisement laws in the United States.
These studies have identified a large and growing group of citizens
who have lost the right to vote because of felony convictions.1 The
burden has fallen particularly heavily on minority citizens, with
*     Christopher Uggen is Associate Professor of Sociology and McKnight
Presidential Fellow at the University of Minnesota. With Jeff Manza, he is
coauthor of the forthcoming Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and
American Democracy.
Jeff Manza is Associate Professor of Sociology and Political Science and
Associate Director of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern
University. He is the coauthor, with Clem Brooks, of Social Cleavages and
Political Change: Voter Alignments and U.S. Party Coalitions. Our research was
supported by grants from the National Science Foundation (#9819015) and the
Individual Project Fellowship Program of the Open Society Institute. We are
indebted to Melissa Thompson, Angie Behrens, Sara Wakefield, and Michael
Vuolo for research assistance and to Eric Plutzer and Doug McAdam for
suggestions and comments.
1.    See Angela Behrens et al., Ballot Manipulation and the 'Menace of Negro
Domination': Racial Threat and Felon Disenfranchisement in the United States,
1850-2002, 109 Am. J. Soc. 559 (2003); Alec C. Ewald, 'Civil Death The
Ideological Paradox of Criminal Disenfranchisement Law in the United States,
2002 Wis. L. Rev. 1045 (2002); Jamie Fellner & Marc Mauer, Human Rights
Watch and The Sentencing Project, Losing the Vote: The Impact of Felony
Disenfranchisement Laws in the United States 1 (1998); Christopher Uggen &
Jeff Manza, Democratic Contraction? The Political Consequences of Felon
Disenfranchisement in the United States, 67 Am. Soc. Rev. 777 (2002).

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