Voting is a Responsibility and a Right not a Luxury

I agree that what is or is not a Luxury needs to be given some careful thought in relation to those who find themselves incarcerated. Another question would be why should prisoners be denied luxuries? - but perhaps that discussion is for another day.

Universal suffrage was hard fought for by many individuals and groups, many who ended up in prison for fighting for the freedoms, rights and responsibilities we are lucky enough to have today.

It is very obvious that prison, rehabilitation and punishments are not as effective as they should be at assisting to create a better society for everyone. 

The state should take much more responsibility for trying to change the way some people view their role and place in society and their environment. This can't be done by farming out managing crime and its causes to big business, whose prime aim is to make money for their investors and owners. 

We need a system which places much more emphasis and resources on rights and responsibilities of those who for whatever reason and in whatever way have broken the law. One feature of those rights and responsibilities is voting.

Also, much more work needs to be done at an early stage in families and schools to develop a sense of belonging, sharing, fairness and responsibility in children. If children are marginalised, excluded, demonised and labelled we as a society need to be prepared to take the consequences as they develop and grow into adults. 

 

Why the contribution is important

The current system is not working - we all need to remember that much of the way we "turn out" depends on luck.

Where we are born, who our parents are, and how we are treated when things go wrong or mistakes are made.

by mikelees on November 26, 2018 at 03:50PM

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  • Posted by SeneddRhysJ November 27, 2018 at 11:16

    Thanks for sharing your views with us @mikelees - if prisoners were given the right to vote, do you have a view on what method should be used. For example, whether it should be a posta vote, electronically, mobile booths in prison etc.)

    Secondly, if prisoners were given the right to vote, at what address do you think they should be registered?
  • Posted by mikelees November 28, 2018 at 23:42

    If prisoners are allowed to vote the experience should be as close as possible to voting in the community - usually in booths, with hustings being held and discussion encouraged. This is not a soft option but one in which prisoners are expected to take responsibility
    It is my view that norm should be that they are registered at their home address.
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