Legislation on felon disenfranchisement is nowadays considered as contributing to the dehumanisation of prisoners. Viola Scordia discusses two cases brought to the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice and critically examines two grounds of a restriction on the right to vote of detainees: the length of the sentence and the type of offence committed. After providing an argument for the need to change the legislation of those Member States of the Council of Europe, Scordia emphasises that the European Courts can bolster the scrutiny of new modes of governance.