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Locked OutFelon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy$
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Jeff Manza and Christopher Uggen

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195149326

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149326.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.3) Introduction
Source:
Locked Out
Author(s):

Jeff Manza

Christopher Uggen

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149326.003.0010

This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to analyze and interpret felon disenfranchisement laws in the United States. It examines whether and how large-scale disenfranchisement impacts democratic processes; how racial factors might help to explain the origins and impacts of these laws; and the importance of the right to vote in weaving former offenders back into the social fabric. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   felon disenfranchisement laws, American law, democratic process, race, right to vote

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