American Bar Association Resolution

The American Bar Association passed a resolution calling for the repeal laws that disenfranchise persons based upon criminal conviction.  The full resolution  reads as follows:

RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal governments to:

  a.  repeal laws that disenfranchise persons based upon criminal conviction;

  b.  restore voting rights to those currently and formerly incarcerated, including those on probation, parole, or any other community-based correctional program;

  c.  assure that no person convicted of crime is disenfranchised because of nonpayment of a fine, court costs, restitution or other financial obligations imposed as a result of a criminal conviction.

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association amends the Criminal Justice Standards on Collateral Sanctions and Discretionary Disqualification of Convicted Persons (3d Edition, 2004) as follows:

  Standards 19-2.6 Prohibited collateral sanctions Jurisdictions should not impose the following collateral sanctions: (a) deprivation of the right to vote.

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