Responsibilities as well as Rights

Prisoners have been given custodial sentences due to the nature of their crimes which have been committed showing no respect for the society in which they live.Thersfore they forfeit their freedom which should include their freedom to express their vote in the society's elections as they have shown no respect for that very same society's acceptable behaviours.

They have been removed from society and the removal should include removal from the democratic process which that society practises.


Why the contribution is important

Allowing such prisoners to vote seems to acknowledge their right as opposed to their responsibility to the society in which they exist.

Rights without responsibility is a recipe for disaster and can only end badly.The vast majority of people take , accept and act upon their responsibilities which go hand in hand with their rights.If this was not the case we would have anarchy.

However a growing minority seem to want their rights but not accept the responsibilities that are associated with those rights and the question of prisoners voting seems to illustrate the issue.Let them pay their debt to the society that they have disrespected before they be allowed to vote again in that society.

by teulu on November 12, 2018 at 09:08PM

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  • Posted by Dmgughes62 November 13, 2018 at 15:19

    If someone had no respect for the law if they have no respect for the rights of the majority who do live in a law abiding manner then they forgo their “ rights” with rights come responsibilities and if your not willing to take on those responsibilities then you shouldn’t expect society to allow you the privilege of deciding in a democratic process the direction law makers should take
  • Posted by Peroni November 13, 2018 at 18:55

    People in prison will generally be returning to life outside prison. I would suggest that voting is part of the role of the responsible citizen and should be allowed for those in prison.

     As regards the question of what constituency would their vote be registered, that is more complex however if they have a postal address for home then they simply can use a postal vote for that constituency. If not then they can vote in the area the prison is. University student vote in the area their university is for instance. If prisoners cannot vote their voice is silenced and that cannot be right.
  • Posted by SeneddRhysJ November 19, 2018 at 09:36

    Thanks for taking the time to share your views with us @teulu and @Dmgughes62 - do you think any special considerations should apply to young offenders in custody if the voting age is lowered to 16 and 17 year olds generally?

    Thanks again for commenting @Peroni - do you think the right to vote in Welsh elections should be given to all prisoners, regard of the gravity of the offence committed, the length of the sentence or their release date?
  • Posted by mrwilliams November 19, 2018 at 20:45

    Don't you think it's important to view prisoners as people who will still be long term citizens of our society? For prisoners serving shorter sentences, they will soon be released and be a part of society once more. Shouldn't we be encouraging them to engage in that society, to help them address reasons why they're there in the first place, and to help rehabilitate them and change their future paths? Instead of causing further isolation, resentment, and maybe, in turn, re-offending?
  • Posted by mikelees November 26, 2018 at 15:04

    Voting in my view is a right and a responsibility
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