CONNED: How Millions Went to Prison, Lost the Vote, and Helped Send George W. Bush to the White House05/25/06
Author Sasha Abramsky travelled across the country in 2004 to visit convicted felons who had served their sentences. He observed how their disenfranchisement affected their lives, their belief in our country, and the voting system. The resulting bokk CONNED is sometimes compared to Toqueville's DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA. It's a book that clearly takes the view of the downtrodden. Abramsky spoke with WMNF's Rob Lorei about efforts to get voting rights restored, why it's important to a well-functioning democracy and some of the myths surrounding ex-felons.