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Voter Restoration

This guide supplements the Center for Civic Engagement's Voter Restoration information by providing, and instructing users on how to find resources available from Milner Library

What's on this Page

This page lists various resources that discuss issues restoring voting rights to those impacted by the War on Drugs. You will find books, films, government documents, and search suggestions on this page. This is not a comprehensive list of resources. It is meant as a jumping off point for individual research.

Please note that some of the videos need to be requested for full access. You will be directed to a form in Kanopy to complete.  Any student, faculty, or staff member may request a film. 

Suggested Keywords and Subjects

Below you will find a list of suggested subjects and keywords you can use to search for this topic. This is not a comprehensive list, just a way to get you started searching.

Subjects Keywords
  • Ex-Convicts -- Suffrage
  • Political Rights, Loss of
  • Voting Rights
  • Corrections -- Political Aspects
  • Drug Control
  • Drug Abuse -- government policy
  • Racism in Criminology
  • "war on drugs"
  • drug arrests
  • drug convictions
  • "felon disenfranchisement" OR "felony disenfranchisement"
  • convicts
  • Incarceration
  • voter restoration

Selected Books

Selected Films

link to catalog record

Tulia, Texas: A Film

Available to stream from Kanopy.

"Though its thorough investigation of a landmark case, Tulia, Texas uncovers the deep-rooted assumptions about race and crime that still permeate our society and undermines our justice system."

A DVD version is also available at Milner Library (call number: HV8148.T85 T85 2008)

link to kanopy page

Broken on All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration & New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U. S.

Available to stream from Kanopy

"Today, there are more African Americans in prison or jail, on probation or parole, than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began. The prison population has exploded by 500% since the end of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. America locks up more of its racial and ethnic minorities than any other country (including South Africa at the height of apartheid). Mass incarceration has emerged as America's new caste system. How could this happen? With Philadelphia as an entry point, BROKEN ON ALL SIDES explores the intersection of race and poverty within the criminal justice system. Presenting a historical narrative not often heard about prisons and crime, this documentary investigates the complex issues of discretion within the system, racial targeting, and the largest spike in the number of people incarcerated in our nation’s history. Through interviews with people caught up in or involved with the system, this documentary answers and provokes questions on an issue walled-off from the public’s scrutiny. BROKEN ON ALL SIDES dissects the War on Drugs and "tough on crime" movement, illustrating how the emerging Occupy movement offers hope for change, and explores possible reforms and solutions to ending mass incarceration."

link to kanopy page for film

Gangs, Prisons, and Meth Queens

Part 3 of History Channel's 'America's War on Drugs' series. Available to stream on Kanopy.

"American cities are exploding with drug violence as the Clinton administration opens the door for Mexican cartels and ramps up prison sentences. An unlikely meth queen rises, while a crime lord takes vengeance"

link to kanopy page for film

Heroin, Terrorists, and Kings of Pain

Part 4 of History Channel's 'America's War on Drugs' series. Available to stream from Kanopy.

"After 9/11, heroin lords and terrorists forge an unholy alliance. Afghanistan is a Narco state. El Chapo goes on the run. Big Pharma becomes the new big drug lord as Americans get addicted and ponder if the war on drugs is worth it."

link to kanopy page for film

How to Make Money Selling Drugs

Available to stream on Kanopy.

"Want to make millions in a $400 billion global industry? Find out why no one is winning the war on drugs in this provocative investigation, featuring Russell Simmons, Susan Sarandon, David Simon (creator of "The Wire"), and 50 Cent."

Government Documents