Last updated on: 11/28/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Steve Chapman Biography

Title:
Columnist and Editorial Writer at the Chicago Tribune
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
Reasoning:

“Depriving ex-convicts of the ballot is a mindless form of punishment that only discourages them from becoming upstanding members of the community. They’d be better off if we let them vote, and so would the rest of us.”

“Too Many Ex-Convicts Aren’t Able to Vote,” Star Tribune, Aug. 15, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Columnist, Editorial Writer, and Editorial Board Member, Chicago Tribune, 1981-Present
  • Syndicated columnist, Creators Syndicate, appears in about 60 papers across the country, Present
  • Contributor to several national magazines, including Slate, The American Spectator, National Review, and The Weekly Standard
  • Associate Editor, New Republic magazine, 1977-1981
  • Staff, Harvard Crimson, 1975-1976
Education:
  • Graduate studies, University of Chicago
  • BA, Harvard University, 1976
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Felons Lose Their Ability to Vote in Elections Because Society Can No Longer Trust Them?