Prisoners are more likely to be aware of the dangers of such issues and how much they cost society if they are allowed to vote. 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. The United States bars nearly 5. Website content applies to the law of England and Wales only, except where clearly stated. Consider these aims and the deprivation of liberty.
The voting figures say it all: 234 against and just 22 in favour. Law is like rules for nation. This serves no purpose than giving the police more votes than they are entitled to. . It will be interesting to see how a 3 month old baby would choose to vote.
If we thought criminals could never be reformed, we wouldn't let them out of prison in the first place. We must also not forget that those who are in prion are not necessarily guilty. From rapists to murderers to thieves and the like, these prisons keep them all and in the process, make the country safer to live in. This means human rights are afforded equally to prisoners. This is where you come in. In 2005, the Court's Grand Chamber.
He lost in the national courts. Not to give a right to vote is like a penalty for prisoners , I think. In Moldova and Monaco, prisoners can vote unless the courts say otherwise. Many with family already impacted by political decisions. Another example of a reasonable restriction can be applied to the education of a prisoner at school age.
James Wilson: There is no argument against convicted prisoners having the vote. Many experts claim that these figures may even understate the impact of felony disenfranchisement, because they do not incorporate the millions of ex-offenders who cannot vote in states that impose fines or fees before their voting rights can be restored Alexander 2010: 154. Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine. They can only be readmitted to society, both physically and in terms of their rights, when they have made amends to society by serving their sentence. This is not something we should look deep into; this is not something that will keep you up at night. If we think this is a European imposition, why is it that the United Kingdom is also out of line with the emerging commonwealth consensus.
The law is a relic from the 19th century which dates back to the Forfeiture Act of 1870 and is based on the notion of civic death, a punishment entailing the withdrawal of citizenship rights. In both countries life sentence criminals lose the vote forever. You can learn more about the. It has been agreed that there are some practices that are so abhorrent that people cannot be subjected to them no matter what that person has done. Disenfranchisement has disproportionately impacted black citizens, and other racial minorities.
However, unconvicted prisoners being held on remand, along with civil prisoners those jailed for offences such as contempt of court , do still have the right to vote via postal ballots, although very few actually do so. If anything, the movement has gone backward: Massachusetts and Utah both revoked this right in the past two decades. If you are interested in contributing, please contact us at. Those who defy the law will be punished, yes, but their human rights should never be taken from them. Griffin, On Human Rights 2008: ch.
But in November 2012 the Justice Secretary published the , and announced the establishment of a parliamentary Joint Committee to scrutinise the proposed legislation. Instead, society chooses for them, as if they are incapable of making an educated decision, but expect prisoners to abide by them once back in society. Moreover, if a prisoner is automatically released on licence, as most are at the halfway point of their sentence, then they regain the right to participate in elections. Which brings me to my next point. Also the Constitution says that prisoners have the right to vote because it's based on the concept of self-government. That means that average burglars do not lose the vote, but someone convicted of an act of terrorism or political violence would.
In some states, one in three black men is under some form of criminal justice supervision The Pew Center 2009. In South Africa, all prisoners have the right to vote. Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Slovakia have similar rules. And then the person can have their rights again. Experienced prison governors and officials, past and present bishops to prisons and chief inspectors, electoral commissioners, legal and constitutional experts and most other European governments believe people in prison should be able to exercise their civic responsibility.