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Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should People Who Have Completed Felony Sentences Be Allowed to Vote?"

“If you do the crime, you should do the time — and pay the fine…. These are felons we’re talking about. They chose to break the law. Sorry, but there’s a price to pay for that. And this ruling doesn’t just apply to fines paid to the state — it includes court-ordered restitution to a criminal’s innocent victims. Who is looking out for their interests?

And why shouldn’t states have the right to decide what constitutes full payment of a felon’s debt to society, including the restoration of voting rights? In Washington and other states, prisons are already packed. Using fines and restitutions in felony sentencing is good public policy because it offers a rational alternative to long, costly prison sentences.”

“Felons Should Pay All Debt Before Voting,” The Herald, Apr. 6, 2006

[Editor’s Note: Individuals and organizations that do not support felon re-enfranchisement until felons have paid all fines and restitution (in addition to having completed their term of incarceration and probation/parole) are classified as Not Clearly Pro or Con. Also, those who support re-enfranchisement of some felons but not others (for example, felons who committed murder or rape) are also classified as Not Clearly Pro or Con.]


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