Suppress the African American Vote, by any means possible

More Blacks locked up, denied vote in key election states

A new report released Wednesday examining prison growth in the 17 key battleground states found that prison spending grew five times as fast as higher education spending between 1985 and 2002. Nearly 2 million adults in the 17 key electoral states are ineligible to vote due to felony disenfranchisement laws in those states. Both trends disproportionately affect the African American population in those 17 states, according to the report by the non-profit Justice Policy Institute. “Prisons are growing, education is suffering and the African American community hit hardest is increasingly shut out of the debate,” states Vincent Schiraldi, executive director of the institute and report co-author. “As presidential candidates mine these states for votes, voters need to hear about how they intend to create a more balanced approach to crime that doesn’t rob education to fund prisons.”

As with previous studies, “Swing States and Prisons” found a dubious connection between increases in incarceration and decreases in crime, both within and outside the swing states: Pennsylvania’s incarceration rate grew more than twice as much as Ohio’s between 1993 and 2002 - 52.9 percent vs. 19.6 percent - yet they had similar declines in crime...


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The sham of GOP Black voter outreach is over and the true Republican mission has begun: suppress the African American vote, by any means possible...


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