Political Attitudes, Voting, and Criminal Behavior

Jeff Manza, Christopher Uggen

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    Abstract

    Researchers have turned their attention to prisoner reentry and reintegration as more and more people are released from prison and placed back into their communities each year. This scholarship details the problems that felons face in attempting to restart their lives, as well as the factors influencing whether they commit further crimes. Is voting one such factor? Does losing the right to vote matter to individual offenders, and if so, how and why? This chapter uses survey data to explore felons' political beliefs and the consequences of political exclusion for individual behavior and public safety. It looks at what felons believe, whether they vote, and how voting at one point in time influences the likelihood of subsequent criminal activity. If those who vote are actually less likely to commit new crimes-to "desist" from criminal activity-extending the franchise to felons could reduce rates of recidivism.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationLocked Out
    Subtitle of host publicationFelon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Electronic)9780199943975
    ISBN (Print)9780195149326
    DOIs
    StatePublished - May 24 2012

    Keywords

    • Felon disenfranchisement
    • Political beliefs
    • Political exclusion
    • Public safety
    • Recidivism
    • Voting

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)

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