In Unit 3, you applied critical thinking by explaining how criminological theory can help inform sentencing options. This week, you will further your critical thinking skills by explaining the relationship between criminological theory and felon disenfranchisement.
Felon disenfranchisement refers to the practice of barring individuals who are convicted of felony crimes from voting in political elections. Although this is common in many countries around the world, 6.1 million Americans are prohibited from voting due to felony disenfranchisement. Additionally, this disenfranchisement includes the legal means of denying access to employment, educational opportunities, and welfare programs to those with felony records. For this Unit 4 discussion, you will look at the Sentencing Project and select publications that allow you to explore the relationship between felon disenfranchisement, collateral consequences, and criminological theory.
Complete the following before starting this assignment:
- Visit The Sentencing Project Web site here.
- Make sure to read through the Felony Disenfranchisement section on the Web site. Pay particular attention to the Key Publications on the Web page.
Complete the following for this assignment:
- Select 1 key publication as a foundation of your discussion post.
- Using the Internet and peer-reviewed articles, research a criminological theory that best explains felon disenfranchisement as discussed in your key publication. A good place to start is this article by Uggen, Behrens, and Manza found here.
- In the discussion, you will need to summarize felon disenfranchisement with an emphasis on how it affects the individual, his or her family, and the larger community.
- Discuss felon disenfranchisement and its relationship to criminological theory.