Voting: A human right?

I don't agree that prisoners should be allowed to vote. As a prisoner, there is an assumption that they have in some way broken the law/failed to obey the law, and as such should justifiably denied rights which law abiding citizens have. The argument that prison is meant to rehabilitate rather than punish doesn't really hold water as so many reoffend, so why should they have a vote which decides the future stability of our country. It's clear if a prisoner cannot or will not follow the laws of our land, they should not be entrusted with a vote to make the law, which is fundamentally what voting is about.

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As a law abiding member of the public, it concerns me to think that those individuals who have flouted the law, can be instrumental in making laws which are there to protect us all.

by suebevan57 on November 13, 2018 at 08:51AM

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  • Posted by Taffycake108 November 13, 2018 at 13:02

    No, absolutely no voting rights. Convicted prisoners have been deemed to have committed a crime against society and as such have forfeited their right to vote. Those on parole awaiting trial yes. Probably too simplistic!
  • Posted by Peroni November 13, 2018 at 18:45

    People in prison remain citizens of Wales (or wherever) and as such should have a right to vote protected. Being in prison is the punishment: they are not there to have their human rights denied.
  • Posted by SeneddRhysJ November 19, 2018 at 09:27

    Thanks for sharing your view @suebevan57 - do you think a prisoner's right to vote should depend upon the length of their sentence or the type of offence they've committed? Or do you believe it should be a blanket ban regardless?

    @Taffycake108 - thank you for taking the time to share your views with us! Do you think allowing prisoners to vote may help with rehabilitation in any way?

    Thanks for taking the time to share your views @Peroni! Do you think the type of offence or length of sentence should have an impact on whether a prisoner should be given the right to vote in Wesh elections?
  • Posted by mikelees November 26, 2018 at 15:00

    suebevan57 have you never broken the law?
    speeding? smoking, drinking, drugs, slap child, etc.etc
    If you have - using your argument you shouldn't be allowed to vote!!
  • Posted by mikelees November 29, 2018 at 00:04

    Taffycake108 I think I understand where you are coming from but make the following points.
    Most crime is committed against individuals or property, not society.
    When convicted they lose their freedom for a certain length of time usually but not always related to the perceived seriousness of the crime. I'm not sure how you jump from loss of freedom to loss of all responsibilities, which voting is.... it is a right and a responsibility.
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