Publication Date

Winter 2022


Felony disenfranchisement laws are an archaic practice, meant to silence a population that is often forgotten and overlooked by society. On the principles of rehabilitation and accountability, New York State ought to completely abolish felony disenfranchisement. It does not deter crime. In fact, recidivism rates show a decline when incarcerated individuals have rehabilitative opportunities through New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision ("DOCCS")-facilitated programming and family services. As the arguments laid out in this Comment demonstrate, it is imperative that the New York State Legislature takes prompt action to abolish felony disenfranchisement altogether.


This Comment is dedicated to the incarcerated individuals that she has had the privilege of working with. The author is grateful to the CUNY Law Review editors and staff, especially Yulia Marshak, for her dedication and encouragement throughout, thank you.

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