In the United States, a large percentage of the population is incarcerated. Some of them are petty crimes and some of the cases are serious penalty crimes.
If you were given the right to vote outside of bars, then what makes the difference on the inside of them? What makes your rights go away right when you get arrested? Your rights are read to you when you get arrested so doesn’t that mean that you would have all of the same rights even when being locked up for a while?
I am a student from Back of the Yards College Prep and I am accompanied by my partners Elizabeth and Evelyn. We are studying whether or not people that are in prison should get the right to vote.
We all said yes for the reason that it would be really beneficial for the prisoner if he/she gets out of prison and comes into the world with not being blindsided by a whole new set of laws that could make it more difficult for them to function.
The next reason would be it could create a more fair justice system if they were given the right because it could create more laws to be put in place so serious actions like the death penalty and a life sentence cannot be given to someone without compelling evidence.
We also think that it could be really beneficial to the prisoners family. If it were a case of someone getting life in prison then the prisoner can vote to help the family get through hard situations if they were going through problems. Or if the family are immigrants and didn’t have the right to vote and the one who became incarcerated did then the prisoner could have the advantage rather than the family having to suffer from any new laws that could punish rather than help.
We would like to know what your opinion is and what you think about our reasoning. Thanks for listening!