-Life After Release is an OSI grantee.–
By Shannon Clark
LARGO — Thousands of Maryland residents will not cast a ballot in this year’s election because they are behind bars. They have not had their voting rights taken from them. In fact, they have not been convicted of a crime.
But because they are in jail before adjudication, they won’t get voting information. They won’t get a ballot. They won’t vote.
Qiana Johnson knows the situation from personal experience.
…Johnson is the CEO and executive director of Life After Release, an organization that works on issues for previously incarcerated Maryland residents. Her organization and other members of the Expand the Ballot Coalition are trying to focus attention on those currently and previously behind bars and their inability to exercise their right to vote.