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Unlock Democracy - Restoring Voting Rights to Incarcerated People

Monday, October 28, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

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Description:

Did you know that less than 20 years ago incarcerated people in Massachusetts had the right to vote? In 2000 a ballot question passed that made voting from prison illegal. This means about 8,234 people are currently denied the right to vote in Massachusetts due to imprisonment. Massachusetts disproportionately incarcerates people of color, so while the state is 18.2% people of color, 58% (or 4,982) of people disenfranchised due to imprisonment are people of color. Come learn about the grass-roots movement to restore voting rights by another ballot question from leaders in the movement. This program will discuss the recent history of disenfranchising people in prison in Massachusetts, the law’s impact on democracy, and why full suffrage is critical.

This program is made possible in part by the Boston Bar Foundation (BBF). To learn more about the work of the BBF, visit this page.

Registration Categories:
BBA Member – Free. Included as part of your membership.
Non-Member - $50.00

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Contact:

Jenna Kim
jkim@bostonbar.org

 

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