Excluding convicted felons from voting is the topic of Marquette University’s annual McGee Lecture Thursday, April 23, at 7 p.m. Marc Mauer, executive director of The Sentencing Project, will deliver, “Losing the Vote: Felony Disenfranchisement and American Democracy,” in Cudahy Hall, room 001, 1313 W. Wisconsin Ave. Mauer will discuss how the vast number of felony convictions and incarcerations has led to a class of individuals who are ineligible to perform their civic duty of voting. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Mauer is one of the nation’s leading experts on sentencing policy, race and the criminal justice system. He has directed programs on criminal justice policy reform for 30 years and authored Race to Incarcerate, explaining how sentencing policies led to the vast expansion of the U.S. prison population, which was a semifinalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in 1999. He also co-edited Invisible Punishment, a collection of essays by prominent criminal justice experts on the social costs of imprisonment.
Mauer has served as a consultant to the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Institute of Corrections and the American Bar Association’s Committee on Race and the Criminal Justice System. He joined The Sentencing Project in 1987 and became the executive director in 2005.
The Sentencing Project is a national organization dedicated to working for a fair and effective criminal justice system by promoting sentencing law and practice reformations, and alternatives to incarceration. Since its inception in 1986, The Sentencing Project has become a leader in the effort to bring national attention to certain trends in the criminal justice system through research, media campaigns and policy reform advocacy.
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