Engine House Youth Group Comments

These views were gathered from young people at the Engine House in Merthyr Tydfil. 

Comments from young people who were in favour of giving prisoners the vote: 

- Once prisoners have left prison, they are part of our nice community and should be able to be fully involved in it. 

- If you make a mistake and have been punished for it by being in prison, you shouldn't be punished once you leave as you have served your sentence. 

- People should have a choice when living in our society. They pay tax when they have a job and they should be able to vote for who they want to spend that money on things like education, NHS etc. 

- It isn't fair to exclude people from voting if they are trying to be part of our community. 

- What if someone has not committed a crime but is sent to prison by mistake, that wouldn't be fair to keep them from voting. 

Comments from young people who were not in favour of giving prisoners the vote: 

- There should be strict rules about who can vote. I don't think anyone who has committed murder or sexually abused someone should be able to vote as they have done something terrible. 

- It is hard to say who should and should not be able to vote based on what they have done, so it would be easier and best not to give anyone who has been in prisoner the right to vote. 

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by kelly01 on December 03, 2018 at 09:54AM

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  • Posted by SeneddRhysJ December 05, 2018 at 18:06

    Thank you very much to everyone from Engine House Youth Group who shared their views us - they are invaluable and will inform the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee's work on this important inquiry.
  • Posted by mikelees December 06, 2018 at 18:24

    Great to see youngsters being involved in this conversation!!! Well done Engine House Youth Group!!! Wonder what your views are on the voting age being lowered to 16 generally?
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