Last updated on: 8/8/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

George F. Will, PhD Biography

Title:
Contributing Editor at Newsweek
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
Reasoning:

“Although there is no constitutionally respectable argument to justify Washington’s forcing states to enfranchise felons, there are two conservative arguments for states to stop, or at least severely limit, disenfranchisement. One is a limited government argument: there is something troubling about criminal penalties that never completely end. The other argument is pru-dential, although not very plausible: enfranchisement, by diminishing the lingering stigma of a felony conviction and by encouraging a civic connection with the community, might combat recidivism.”

“Give the Ballot to Felons?,” Newsweek, Mar. 13, 2005

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Individuals with PhD's, JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to felon voting issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to felon voting issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Contributing Editor, Newsweek, 1976-present
  • Columnist, Washington Post, 1974-present
  • Commentator, ABC’s “World News Tonight,” 1984-present
  • Regular Panelist, ABC’s “This Week,” 1981-present
  • Recipient, “Best Writer, Any Subject,” Washington Journalism Review, 1985
  • Recipient, Silurian Award for Editorial Writing, 1980
  • Recipient, National Headliners Award, 1978
  • Recipient, Pulitzer Prize for commentary, 1977
  • Washington Editor, National Review, 1972-1978
  • Former Professor, Political Philosophy, Michigan State University
  • Former Professor, Political Philosophy, University of Toronto
  • Former Staff Member, Office of US Senator Gordon Allott (R-CO)
Education:
  • PhD, Politics, Princeton University
  • MA, Politics, Princeton University
  • Attended Magdalen College, University of Oxford
  • BA, Trinity College
Other:
  • Born May 4, 1941 in Champaign, Illinois
Quoted in:
  1. Are Felons More Likely to Vote for Democrats over Republicans?