• No, but they should regain the right once released.

    Voting is a privilege for citizens in good standing. Someone in prison is paying for their crimes with a loss of freedom, and voting is one such freedom. That said, once someone is out of prison, they should be reintegrated into society and their voting rights should be fully restored again.

  • Yes inmates should allowed to vote if they are able.

    If a prisoners right includes education which is good for rehabilitation. Then being allowed to vote freely should also be included as a right. This gives prisoners the chance to prepare for the outside world so when they are released they are less tempted to reoffend and go back to serve another sentence.
    However, this should only apply to felons that have a release date, or are mentally stable to vote

  • Yes, no voices should be marginalized

    Although prisoners sacrifice the majority of their rights when they commit a felony, crime is often an action committed out of circumstance. And whether those circumstances directly or indirectly influence the perpetrator, they still should have a say in their government. A government that has great control over their daily lives in prisons. Silencing the prisoners voice only further marginalizes them.

  • It is common-sense

    Just as there can be no absolute guarantee that every convicted criminal is guilty (DNA evidence has belatedly proved the reverse in certain cases of long-term incarceration), there are also millions of unconvicted criminals walking the streets whose right to vote cannot be withdrawn. So, if the decision to withdraw suffrage is not morally based, are those behind bars simply being additionally punished for being stupid enough to get caught?

  • Yes prisonersp inmates should be allowed to vote.

    They are still citizens. The goals of putting people in jail is to keep the public safe and as a rehabilitation center for those who have committed crimes. Taking away someone's right to vote does not achieve either of those things. If you think that taking away someone's right to vote will stop them from stealing a tv, you obviously don't know why crimes are committed. Criminals can also be falsely convicted. There are 20,000 innocent people in jail right now. Do you think they deserved to have their rights takes away?

  • They're still citizens

    With ever increasing punitive sentences, often times for non violent crimes, it's completely reprehensible to deny almost 2.5 MILLION people their right to vote. These people deserve a voice in the politics that directly effect them as American citizens. We need to understand that anyone can end up in jail with over 600,000 ways to become a felon in America. We are all felons, everyone reading this, you, me, stop with the the notion that all people in prison are 'terrible' or deserve to be there. We live in a police state, voting is one of our only real outlets to attempt to change it.

  • I believe they deserve the right to vote.

    'All citizens deserve the right to vote. It's simple as that. The only time you lose your right to vote should be when you renounce your citizenship and abandon the political community. Until then, everyone, regardless of their skin color, their economic status, whether they are a student or a senior citizen should be encouraged to vote.

    Voting rights for prisoners and ex-felons is just the logical next step.

    And the best way to do ensure this is by passing a constitutional amendment establishing an affirmative right to vote for every American citizen. It's as simple as that.'

  • Absolutely Yes

    Yes, prison inmates should be allowed to vote. Even though they are in prison, the hope is that one day, most of them will be able to go out and become responsible members of society. By allowing them to vote, it would keep them up on political issues and give them something to think about – the goal being for prisoners to reform, serve their time, and fit back into society. We cannot deny them all rights while they are in prison then expect them to fit right in again when they are released. Prisoners need to keep up on what is going on in the world or they will never be successful at transitioning back into it.

  • Yes, prison inmates should be allowed to vote.

    Yes, I believe that prison inmates should be allowed to vote. Although people are put in prison for breaking the law, and being in prison is part of their punishment, this should not extend to their rights to vote. People in prison are granted basic rights like the right to religion, and the right to vote should be no different. Most of these inmates will be getting out of prison at some time, and as such they should be allowed to take part in elections. Even after felons get out of prison in some states, they are still not allowed to vote, which is a travesty.

  • No, prisoners are criminals they can't be trusted!

    Prisoners have lost their right of freedom when they committed whatever crime. Why should immigrants who have to wait in till they pass a test and haven't done anything wrong don't to vote, and criminals who have get to! They haven't earned the trust back to know that they won't vote in someone who could harm us.

  • When were felons responsible?

    When were felons responsible? 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? It seems like we have our priorities all sorts of mixed up. If we were smart we wouldn't pay them either.

  • You should have minimal rights in prison

    I believe that you should have the right not to be treated cruelly or inhumanely in prison, but that's where I think your rights should stop. As a prisoner, you are behind bars as a punishment for what you did, and you are on a timeout from the civilized world. I think once you finish your sentence, you should be allowed to vote, but not before then.

  • No, absolutely not.

    Why should we allow dysfunctional members of society the privilege to alter our world as we know it? Why should a man or woman who is no longer part of our society, assist in making changes to it? Voting is a privilege to members of society that are functional, not those who openly oppose it by committing such crimes. I wouldn't want a pedophile helping make decisions that affect things like our local schools. Nor would I want a robber getting to affect how our cities and states function.

  • Most certainly not!

    Criminals are in prison for a reason. Everyone's vote makes a difference, why should we give criminals the ability to change our country? Once they're released, that might be a possibility, but until then I think that the freedom of criminals should be restricted. We count on people to vote responsibly. If they're sentenced to prison, doesn't that prove them irresponsible?

  • No they are locked away for a reason

    I don't believe someone that is serving time as an inmate should be allowed to vote, you did the crime now you need to do the time.

    The time comes with it losing some of your rights one of which should be voting, criminals should not get to dictate to the rest of us who should be in power.

  • No, but they should regain the right once released.

    Voting is a privilege for citizens in good standing. Someone in prison is paying for their crimes with a loss of freedom, and voting is one such freedom. That said, once someone is out of prison, they should be reintegrated into society and their voting rights should be fully restored again.

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AndreWells says2014-03-12T21:51:44.277
I noticed that many of the people who are opposed to inmate voting rights in this forum are judging inmates as bad people, with that being the sole reason of not allowing them to vote. For one, not everyone in prison is actually guilty of a crime. Also, many of the people convicted for crimes in prison committed crimes that did not transgress against the rights of others or the safety or integrity of their government.