It is an opportunity

All prisoners aged 16+ should be allowed to vote but it should be linked to them accessing a course provided via prisons that is designed to engage them in understanding the importance of the vote and their roles and responsibilities in taking part.  It would provide an opportunity to discuss citizenship and why it is a privilege to be able to live in a democratic society and how they can use their vote and voice to bring about positive changes not only for themselves but for society as a whole.  It should not be a wasted opportunity but could be a great learning experience, including making people feel valued as citizens.  For many who end up prison, they already feel disinfranchised when really they have so much to offer if given the chance.

Why the contribution is important

Because we have to move away from a punitive, 'there is no hope for you' attitude.  We can't expect people to be rehabilitated when we give them inconsistent messages.  Depriving people of the right to have a say can lead to further feelings of worthlessness and resentment.  I would prefer to give a message that it is never too late to make a positive change, not only to themselves but to their families and wider society. We all learn from each other when we are allowed to have a say and also listen to the messages given.

by dddd on December 28, 2018 at 03:50PM

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  • Posted by SeneddRhysJ January 02, 2019 at 09:15

    Thanks very much for sharing your view with us @dddd - from a practical perspective, do you have a view on what method should be used if prisoners were given the right to vote? (for example - postal vote, electronically, mobile booths in prison, or another method?). Also, do you have a view on what address they should be registered to vote if prisoners were given the vote?
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