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Texas Court to Review Case of Black Mother Sentenced to 5 Years for Filling Out Provisional Ballot

HeadlineApr 01, 2021

Texas’s Court of Criminal Appeals has agreed to review the case of Crystal Mason, a Black resident and mother who was sentenced to five years in prison for filling out a provisional ballot in 2016. Mason had no idea she was not allowed to vote due to her criminal record, and her ballot was never counted. She spoke with Democracy Now! in 2018.

Crystal Mason: “I just feel right now that the system failed me. You get out, you rehabilitate yourself, you get a good job, you go to school, you graduate from school, you’re doing everything right — so, why would I go and vote, to go back to prison? Why would I do something like that to lose my kids again, to start all over again?”

Click here to see the full interview.

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