Far from it: Perhaps the most important reason to allow prisoner voting is that prisons, not just prisoners, would benefit. Plus, America has a long history of being the place for second chances which would make lifetime punishments unAmerican. The recidivism rate for felons is extremely high. A good start would be for the government to acknowledge on Thursday that there is a strong, principled case for some prisoners to have their democratic rights restored. Politicians are all about appealing to the majority.
Should Felons Be Allowed To Vote The right to vote is a right that according to law is entitled to everyone, once you have reached the legal age of 18. Their interest is moral, they claim: it is just wrong to deny felons the vote. The Nation Voting and the Fight for Democracy: The Battle for Congress. Allowing prisoners the right to vote, however, may strengthen their social ties and dedication to the common good; thereby encouraging legally responsible involvement in the civil society. But treating them with a little bit more respect and giving them a stake in how their society is governed is likely to be one of the things that helps.
I think voting is part of a larger bargain we have with the rest of society. How could we say that someone who has committed a felony should above others? This serves no purpose than giving the police more votes than they are entitled to. Like everything else, there are limits to freedom, as ironic as that sounds. Why should a man or woman who is no longer part of our society, assist in making changes to it? We count on people to vote responsibly. Not everybody has the right to vote. Is the mostly male population of the prisons evidence of reverse sexism? Murderers, rapists, and thieves might seem to be an odd constituency for a party that prides itself on its touchy-feely concern for women and victims.
This encourages them to take an interest in the particular community from which they came and into which they will probably be released. Oh dear, what if people had this view before women had the vote? Completing the punishment is not the same as rehabilitation for many, many criminals, as the high repeat-offender rate proves. Is his driving license confiscated by the state? So adding them to the rolls would penalize Republicans. Ex-felons should be able to vote, yes. If you are in jail, then the guards are supposed to protect you. Committing a crime does not mean someone is less than human. Even that figure greatly overstates their impact, because most will never go near a polling place.
Instead, it would give individuals who have intentionally broken the law the right to help decide, through the ballot box, what those laws should be and how they should be enforced. If they believe their sentence is too long, then perhaps we should consider changing some other laws, but not grant this one. One could argue then that the original prison sentence was too short--if prosecutors and judges are routinely making prison sentences too short for so many felons, then is it wise to restore voting rights so soon? They did not make a level-headed decision and ended up in jail. This may require a five to seven year time period. Any one being honest with themselves knows that answer.
It would be unfair that a whole prison's worth of voters could sway a council or a general election because the prison is so large it would affect the constituency size and count as a large part of the voters in the constituency and it would marginalise the votes of law abiding citizens in constituencies. All this ignores the fact that some people cannot be rehabilitated at all. This process is hard enough while also not being allowed to take part in deciding who is going to be governing you. Seems like a decent percentage of career criminals would be inclined to vote for soft-on-crime policies that favored their lawlessness. In addition, there will be people in prison who only committed menial offences which are not enough of a good reason to remove their right to vote in a society that classes itself as liberal.
About a million African-American ex-felons are disenfranchised. It should be denied to no eligible citizens, including to those who have infringed on the rights of others. Ignorance is no excuse when it comes to the law. Criminals should not be allowed to vote. They say that convicted felons have demonstrated poor judgment and should not be trusted with a vote. The eighth amendment prohibits excessive penalties and demands that the punishment fits the crime. Felons are still unable to vote while incarcerated, but the debate continues on whether they can be trusted with the right to vote.
And indeed that was once true of prisoners in this country. These were people who weren't responsible enough to live in everyday society and we are going to give them the right to decide how people live outside prison walls? Defending the argument is Carly Fitzgerald, a sophomore at St. They do include minor attacks. This piece was originally distributed by InsideSources. I have a sneaking suspicion, however, that the vast majority of low level offenders would either not vote or certainly vote for the free shit guy. All answers to reader questions are provided for informational purposes only. When you feel like a felon in your private homework dungeon, our writers will give you the right key.
Voting rights for prisoners and ex-felons is just the logical next step. It's as simple as that. A prison constituency will not revoke unjust laws overnight, but it can allow those who are most affected by them and their sometimes unjust application to speak out against them. They therefore cannot be trusted to vote responsibly in the interests of society; many would probably simply vote for candidates promising lighter sentences for criminals. They may be suffering from a miscarriage of justice. Would you give someone who has recently blown someone else up the privilege of voting for the leader of our community? In order to benefit the nation, voters need to be well versed and altruistic. We should restrict only the rights that in our imperfect justice system is necessary to ensure a just and functional democracy.
On April 22, Virginia Gov. Certain ex-felons may have earned the right to vote in a state, but state agencies don't have the staff or resources to handle a high number of applicants to restore those privileges in a timely manner. Those pushing for felon voting will thus need to come up with much better arguments before they can hope to convince their fellow citizens. Ex-felons could be a danger to our society as much as current felons are. Felony is a crime, typically one involving violence, regarded as more serious than a misdemeanor, and usually punishable by imprisonment for more than one year or by death. If anything, the movement has gone backward: Massachusetts and Utah both revoked this right in the past two decades.