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Pro to the question "Should People Who Have Completed Felony Sentences Be Allowed to Vote?"

“The number of Americans who cannot vote because they have been convicted of a felony continues to grow…

About a quarter are in prison, but the rest have completed their sentences or are on probation or parole. The only
reason not to let them vote is to stigmatize them or to continue punishing them…

These limits are seriously counterproductive. Former offenders who are allowed to vote are less likely to return to prison and more likely to become reintegrated into their communities…

The disproportionate number of blacks among the disenfranchised remains a huge racial justice problem…

Until the criminal system is made fairer, the number of people disenfranchised will grow, with blacks unfairly excluded from voting at a much higher rate.”

“Disenfranchised Felons,”, July 15, 2012


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