Saturday, June 19, 2010
Voting Rights for Ex-Cons
This must be a judgement call by the courts on a case-by-case basis.
The suggestion that convicts should be given back their voting rights once their term is up strikes me as pure political vote-buying. I can think of a number of reasons that this should not happen--not often, in any event:
1) The recidivism rate overall is about 70%, which means that 7 out of 10 ex-cons will see prison again inside of an average of 5 years.
2) Second offenders should not be given their voting rights at all.
3) Certainly, no parolee should be able to vote until fully discharged.
4) My take is that there should be an observation period of 10 years after total release before granting the privilege of voting again.
5) Some criminal categories should never ever be given their rights back, such as murderers, rapists, and child molesters, not to mention spys, traitors and seditionists.