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Democracy Disappeared

How Florida Silences the Black Vote through Felony Disenfranchisement

Democracy Disappeared: How Florida Silences the Black Vote through Felony Disenfranchisement provides an unprecedented analysis of Black neighborhoods and Florida’s historic problem of felony disenfranchisement. In a neighborhood-level analysis, this report published by Advancement Project's national office, shows that Florida’s formerly incarcerated residents overwhelmingly return to Black neighborhoods that have disparate levels of income, employment, education and child poverty compared to the rest of the state.

The analysis shows a relationship between the number of Returning Citizens permanently disenfranchised under current Florida law and poor socio-economic conditions in a neighborhood. Through the stories of Returning Citizens and data, Democracy Disappeared shows how challenging circumstances are when people return home. It also maps how those neighborhoods are harmed by the state’s denial of voting rights to 1.6 million people with prior felony convictions.

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Interactive Map: Socio-Economic Conditions of Florida's Returning Citizens

Use this interactive map of Florida to see the socio-economic conditions of residents, including Returning Citizens, broken down by zip code. Included here are: unemployment rate, income and poverty level between 2012-2016.

Learn more about the unemployment rate, income and poverty level of Florida's Returning Citizens between 2012-2016 by zip code.

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