Why are they in prison ?

We have to ask ourselves what led to people committing a crime and serving a prison sentence. Has society failed them, do they have mental health problems and did not get the help/ support they needed, were they brought up in an abusive household. So many questions. We need to ask these questions to people serving prison sentences, maybe they are the people who want to bring change and prevent others following the same path.

Why the contribution is important

So many people have overcome a difficult start in life and go on to campaign for change to help others. There stories should be listened to, to learn from them.We need to give everyone the opportunity to turn their life around without judgment. Giving prisoners the right to vote for the person they feel would implement these changes could be the start of their rehabilitation and help make changes for others.

by Lottie on November 16, 2018 at 08:16PM

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  • Posted by SeneddRhysJ November 19, 2018 at 09:39

    Thanks very much for your comment @Lottie - do you think a prisoners right to vote should in any way depend on the length of their sentence, the type of offence they've committed or their expected release date? Or should they be given the right to vote regardless?
  • Posted by mikelees November 28, 2018 at 23:57

    Agree with most of what you say Lottie.....there have been times in my life when I could have ended up behind bars. If I hadn't had a bit of luck, or a caring teacher, parent or friend.
    People in prison have already been judged and that judgment is that they deserve to lose their liberty for a period of time. Not that they should be prevented from taking responsibility for their actions and stopped from contributing to society.
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