Few issues divide DFLers and Republicans at the Minnesota Legislature these days more than the push to allow convicted felons the right to vote once they are no longer incarcerated.
Statistics show that returnees who are civically engaged are less likely to reoffend. We all claim to want safer societies but refuse to take even the simplest of steps to make it a reality.
The criminal justice professor and civil rights activist was just elected as the organization’s new president, taking over for Nekima Levy-Pounds.
This legislation would restore the vote to approximately 47,000 Minnesotans who live in our communities but cannot vote because of a prior felony conviction.
The handling of a bill that had considerable support among both Democrats and Republicans is leaving supporters of the measure surprised, mystified and more than a little disgusted.