Convicted Felons May Regain Jury Service
In California, a felony conviction will result in a lifetime ban for jury duty. A bill introduced by State Sen. Nancy Skinner would allow convicted felons to serve on both criminal and civil juries.
The bill was introduced after the California Legislature approved assembly bill AB2466 restoring the right to vote for convicted felons. “People with felony records have the right to vote in California. There is no legitimate reason why they should be barred from serving on a jury,” Skinner stated.
Part of Skinner’s rational is that “excluding felons from jury service has a disproportionate impact on African Americans.” Opponents claim that historical justifications dating back to the founding of this country justify excluding felons from jury service since these people lack character and harbor bias.
Skinner’s bill is authored under SB 310 already passed the Senate on the party lines. Proponents of the bill include Fair Chance Project, the California Public Defenders Association, and the American Civil Liberties Union of California.
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