Last updated on: 8/2/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Washington Post Biography

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

“In Virginia, Kentucky and Florida, felon disenfranchisement affects a staggering one in five African Americans. There’s no excuse for that.

The underlying question is why these states disenfranchise felons who’ve served their sentences, paid their dues and rejoined their communities. According to the Sentencing Project, of the 5.85 million Americans subject to felon disenfranchisement, almost half, or 2.6 million, are out of prison. If a purpose of punishment is to rehabilitate persons to become functioning members of society upon their release, why would you deprive those who succeed of a fundamental right of citizenship?

Although states have made advances in restoring voting rights to felons who’ve completed parole, the franchise should be automatically restored after a sentence is completed, as it is in Maryland.”

“A Lifetime Sentence for Felons,” www.washingtonpost.com, July 29, 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 Washington Post – This news and information company publishes 24/7 on multiple platforms. Whether reading it online, in print, or on your mobile phone, The Washington Post is an indispensable guide to the nation’s capital. While The Post has operations around the metropolitan region and the world, its news and business activities are headquartered in downtown D.C.”

“About Washington Post Media,” www.washingtonpostmedia.com (accessed Aug. 2, 2012)

Mission:

“The work we do at The Washington Post supports journalism that makes a difference, that rights wrongs and brings about change. Journalism that helps make an increasingly complex world more understandable, whether that’s uncovering a misuse of power, or explaining how a Federal tax cut will affect your wallet.”

“About the Washington Post,” www.washingtonpostmedia.com (accessed Aug. 2, 2012)

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Quoted in:
  1. Are Felon Disenfranchisement Laws a Form of Racial Discrimination?