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Building the Case: In Support of Felon Voting Rights by Garland Hunt

-Sensenbrenner – Criminalization Act  Press Release An onerous criminal code that yields over crowding in America’s prisons and mandatory minimums that do not permit judges to deal with offenders on an individual basis, create an entire class of disenfranchised citizens. Before assessing whether or not voting rights should be restored to felons, it would be best to review policies in the U.S. that result in over criminalization. For over a decade, I have had the opportunity to study the failures and successes of the American prison system. As an attorney, member of the State Board of Pardons and Paroles of…

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Building the Case: In Opposition to Felon Voting Rights by Roger Clegg

It makes sense that felons should lose their right to vote. You don’t have a right to make the laws if you aren’t willing to follow them yourself. To participate in self-government, you must be willing to accept the rule of law. We don’t let everyone vote–not children, not noncitizens, not the mentally incompetent. There are certain minimum and objective standards of trustworthiness, responsibility, and commitment to our laws that we require before people are entrusted with a role in the solemn enterprise of self-government. Those who have committed serious crimes against their fellow citizens don’t meet those standards. This…


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