off-topic--Felons

From: Edward Cherlin <edward_dot_cherlin_at_etssg_dot_com>
Date: Mon Nov 10 2003 - 12:17:52 CST

There is a movement to get rid of laws barring convicted felons
from voting, on the grounds that such laws were originally
racist in intention, and continue to have racist effects as long
as the criminal justice system is biased against minorities.
This was discussed on Public Radio. Here is the result of the
first case in Florida. Many more will be filed, and eventually
this should get to the Supreme Court.

http://www.sptimes.com/2002/07/19/State/Judge_rejects_felons_.shtml
 TALLAHASSEE -- Felons trying to regain the right to vote lost an
important lawsuit Thursday when a federal judge in Miami upheld
Florida's process for restoring civil rights.

The Florida Constitution denies the right to vote to felons who
have not had their civil rights restored. The lawsuit alleged
that the Constitution, originally written in 1868, is biased
against African-Americans, who are disproportionately affected.

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Edward Cherlin, Simputer Evangelist
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