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Both Sides of the Bars | The Importance of Voting with a Felony Conviction & Addressing Abuses by Corrections Officers

ProducerKhalil Cumberbatch
DescriptionWith the November election almost upon us, it is more important than ever for people to know how vital it is to vote. This is especially true for people who had justice involvement. Yet it has been common practice in this country to make tens of thousands of people convicted of felonies to be ineligible to vote, in some cases permanently. Over the last few decades, the general trend has been toward reinstating the right to vote at some point, although this is a state-by-state policy choice. Today, we speak with experts about the rights people with justice involvement have to vote and how they can actually vote. Meanwhile, with police brutality in the national spotlight, it is time to bring attention to corrections officer brutality inside jails and prisons. What has been recommended is for COs to be held accountable for their actions, that transparency be established to know which officers have histories of abuse, and that an independent entity have unrestricted access to enter prisons and jails to learn about COs’ conduct. Our guests today are Tyrrell Muhammad of the Correctional Association of New York (CANY) who will discuss a new bill that will allow that organization to have full access to facilities without warning, and Dante A. Apaestegui of the Legal Action Center (LAC).
DateNovember 24, 2022