VOCAL-NY Parolees, our prison and parole organizing project, is working to restore voting rights for New Yorkers who have been released from prison and are on parole.
About 41,000 New Yorkers have completed their prison sentence but are still denied the right to vote because they are on parole. Nationwide, over 5 million people are barred from voting because of a past felony conviction. Barring people on parole disproportionately affects people of color. About 80% of people on parole in New York are African American or Latino.
Voting is a fundamental civic duty and should be an essential part of the re-entry process for someone returning to their community.