Last updated on: 2/2/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Prison Fellowship Biography

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

“Current policies are neither rational nor fair. One searches in vain for a convincing logic to support the revocation of the right to vote, at least in most circumstances and certainly when imposed in perpetuity…

To be able to vote is the sine qua non [essential element] of liberty and democracy. It is that without which citizenship is meaningless… One who has paid the fine, served the time and shows every promise of being ready to re-enter the community as a renewed and supportive member may be sentenced to live out his life without a vote or the privilege of running for the school board, the town council or the Congress.”

“Voting Rights for Felons,” July 26, 2003

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Description:

“Prison Fellowship partners with local churches across the country to minister to a group that society often scorns and neglects: prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families….

Prison Fellowship was founded by Chuck Colson, who served as special counsel to President Nixon and went to prison in 1975 for Watergate-related crimes. When Colson got out of prison, God radically redirected this former attorney’s career goals – leading him to go back to prison, this time to minister to the men and women behind bars. Established in 1976, Prison Fellowship has grown into the largest prison ministry in the world, partnering with thousands of churches and tens of thousands of volunteers.”

Prison Fellowship website, accessed May 11, 2006

Mission:

“To seek:

  • the transformation of prisoners and their reconciliation to God, family, and community through the power and truth of Jesus Christ, and
  • the transformation of believers as they apply biblical thinking to all of life, enabling them to transform their communities through the grace and truth of Jesus Christ.”

Prison Fellowship website, accessed May 11, 2006

Other:
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