Last updated on: 7/30/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

New York Times Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
Reasoning:

“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,” www.nytimes.com, July 15, 2012

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
   Media and Academic Journals
Mainstream print, broadcast, radio, and internet media entities such as the New York Times, CNN, ABC News, National Public Radio, Slate.com, Seattlepi.com, etc., as well as influential academic journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Foreign Policy, etc.
Description:

“The New York Times is an international news organization with headquarters in New York City and 14 national and 25 foreign news bureaus. Founded in 1851… The Times has won 108 Pulitzer Prizes and Citations, far more than any other newspaper. Today, Times journalism is delivered not only in print, but on a variety of digital platforms, including its award-winning website, NYTimes.com and a variety of mobile and tablet applications.”

“About the Company: The New York Times Media Group,” www.nytco.com (accessed July 30, 2012)

Mission:

“[T]o create, collect and distribute the highest quality news, information and opinion.”

“About the Company: The New York Times Media Group,” www.nytco.com (accessed July 30, 2012)

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