February 1, 2021
Episode 96

Restoring Felon Voting Rights with Desmond Meade

Our guest this week is Desmond Meade.  When Desmond was sentenced on felony charges, he lost his right to vote. After completing his sentence, on the other side of addiction and the recipient of a law degree, Desmond was the driving force behind Amendment 4, a constitutional amendment which restored voting rights to those in Florida who served their sentences and were back in society. He joined Alyssa Milano to discuss his successes and the current state of voter reinfranchisement in Florida.

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Intro
The Case For Letting Convicted Felons Vote - Newsy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjrpIi4zVec
Desmond Meade On Restoring Voting Rights w/ Felony Convictions in Florida + The Challenges Ahead - Hot 97 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2FgQ7X3Se8
Florida Votes To Restore Voting Rights For Felons | MSNBC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnS0y-3d87M
Florida Gov. Desantis signs felon voting bill, ACLU sues state - WKRG https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNzTQ9Cf4qc
Billionaire Mike Bloomberg Has Raised Millions To Help Florida Felons Vote - CBS Miami https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hq2_W0z_feU
Inequality in schools
How US schools punish Black kids | 2020 Election - VOX https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFJ37ri-Saw
Teens in Adult Courts
Florida: Teens in Adult Justice System - Human Rights Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsOWPKzoaUM
Police Raid Wrong House
Video Shows Officers Pointing Guns At Kids In Wrong Raid; Police Change Search Warrant Policy - CBS Chicago https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqSjkQIhjEQ
Group Therapy in Prison
Group Therapy Behind Bars (Excerpt from ‘New Hampshire’s Prison Detox’) - VICE News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1JoTGUFHTM
Risk of relapse
Group Therapy Behind Bars (Excerpt from ‘New Hampshire’s Prison Detox’) - VICE News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1JoTGUFHTM
People Want to Help Each Other
Helping others makes us happier -- but it matters how we do it | Elizabeth Dunn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUKhMUZnLuw
Unity
With Unity We Can Do Great Things: Biden Urges Americans To Unite In Inauguration Address | NBC News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjkBVT2A_rc
Involving Voters Post Conviction
Florida Votes To Restore Voting Rights For Felons | MSNBC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnS0y-3d87M
Legal Experience of Losing Voting Rights
Do the Crime, Do the Time…and Lose Your Vote? - Above the Noise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPjfudNawfk
Republicans Blocking Amendment 4
FL GOP, Gov DeSantis Trample Amendment 4 & Make It Unbelievably Harder For Returned Citizens To Vote - Roland S. Martin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8xLUBXF3Vc
Voter Turnout
What influences American voter turnout? | Oxford Handbooks Online 55:30 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlFkyGmTSiw
Outro
The Case For Letting Convicted Felons Vote - Newsy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjrpIi4zVec

Show Credits

Host: Alyssa Milano
Executive Producer: Alyssa Milano
Associate Producer: Ben Jackson
Editing and Sound Production: Natasha Jacobs
Music by: Josh Cooke & Eleisha Eagle