1st Edition

Prisoners' Vote A Multidisciplinary and Comparative Perspective

Edited By Martine Herzog-Evans, Jérôme Thomas Copyright 2024
    164 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Through different legal and criminological angles and perspectives, this book addresses the controversial question of whether prisoners should have the right to vote, as well as the optimal modalities for such a vote.

    By adopting a comparative approach to explore the legal systems of very different jurisdictions, such as the former Eastern Bloc, England, Ireland, the USA and France, the book reveals a recent trend in opening up the right to vote. It also looks at the recommendations of international and European institutions which, while relatively cautious, nevertheless support such progress. Examining the issue from a criminological viewpoint, the book investigates the role that prisoners’ votes could play in the social integration of these individuals into the community through political inclusion as citizens. Offering legal, theoretical and empirical bases, it blends a variety of perspectives to help readers establish an understanding of how prisoners' voting could contribute to improving their attachment to society and its values.

    Concise and direct, Prisoners' Vote will be of great interest to upper-level students and scholars of law, criminology, sociology, criminal justice, and political science. It should also appeal to practitioners working in the criminal justice system and policy makers reflecting on whether and how, to open the right to vote to prisoners.

    List of Figures

    List of Table

    List of Contributors



    Martine Herzog-Evans and Jérôme Thomas


    PART 1 - Can prisoners vote?


    Chapter 1 - International law

    Steve Foster


    Chapter 2 - Comparative national laws - I

    Czech Republic

    Tereza Trebjalova & Petra Zhrivalova


    Chapter 3 - Comparative national laws - II

    France, England, and the USA

    Alice Dejean de la Batie



    PART 2 - Should prisoners vote?


    Chapter 4 - Why should they vote? - I

    Comparative criminology

    Corman Behan, University of Dublin


    Chapter 5 - Why should they vote? - II

    US disenfranchisement and enfranchisement explained

    Christopher Uggen, Rob Stewart and Emma Lookner


    Chapter 6 - How should they vote?

    Theoretical criminology

    Martine Herzog-Evans and Jérôme Thomas


    Chapter 7 - Conclusion

    Fergus McNeill




    Martine Herzon-Evans teaches penology and criminology at the Université de Reims-Champagne Ardennes, France.  Her research interests range from legitimacy of justice, sentences, problem-solving courts, offender treatment, prisons and reentry and domestic violence.

    Jérôme Thomas is a lecturer in information and communication sciences at the university of Reims Champagne-Ardenne / IUT de Troyes (France). His work focuses on the forms of expression, speech, and communication that occur in institutions of deprivation of liberty and control, such as psychiatric hospitals and prisons.