Should Felons Be Abolished?

979 WordsMar 30, 20154 Pages
In lawmaking, there must be objective rights and wrongs. If not, than how can the disenfranchisement of nearly six million United States citizens be considered right? If those citizens have been convicted felons, many of which on multiple accounts- is their lack of sound judgement worthy of the right to vote alongside the rest of the law-abiding population? Many polls show that Americans feel that criminals shouldn’t be punished with disenfranchisement in addition to their initial sentence. Supporters of felon enfranchisement argue that disenfranchisement would institutionalize racism and many of the felons achieve rehabilitation once they are released from prison, thus they live honest lives after prison and have the right to vote. However, eleven states have passed laws in which convicted felons lose the right to vote permanently. The growing number of states passing disenfranchisement laws correlates with growing support of the idea, however accusations of racism and trusting felon judgement raises debate. Some argue that taking away voting rights of felons is unconstitutional and morally unjust. Examples show that felons in prisons have the opportunity for rehabilitation and are proven to lead better lives once they leave prison. An example in a civil rights magazine was a story of thirty convicted felons of heroin use. “These 30 men were on heroin for 10 to 25 years. Until two months ago, they were all still on heroin inside the prison... Things are different now.

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