University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
Title "Muntaqim v. Coombe et al. (Challenging Felon Disenfranchisement Through the Voting Rights Act)"
Date May 4, 2006
Author ACLU of New York
External Link
Abstract Among the many issues raised in this case is whether Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act can be constitutionally applied to New York State’s felon disenfranchisement statute. Jalil Abdul Muntaqim is a black inmate at the Ahawangunk Correctional Facility in Wallkill, New York who is currently serving a sentence of life imprisonment. On Sept. 26, 1994, Muntaqim filed a pro se complaint against several officials of the New York State Department of Correctional Services. Citing the vastly disproportionate number of African-American and Hispanic inmates in the state prison system, the complaint alleged that New York State’s felon disenfranchisement statute violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 because it "results in a denial or abridgement of the right…to vote on account of race." 42 U.S.C. § 1973(a).
Source ACLU of New York

This Resource Relates To
case Muntaqim v. Coombe (CJ-NY-0005)

new search