Should felons be allowed to vote from behind jail bars?

As reported by the Los Angeles Times:

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Thousands of felons serving time in county jails would be allowed to vote in California elections from behind bars under a bill moving swiftly through the state Legislature despite widespread opposition from law enforcement officials.

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) introduced the measure with an aim that providing convicts the right to vote will give them a better sense of belonging to society and possibly reduce their chances of committing new crimes when released.

“Civic participation can be a critical component of re-entry and has been linked to reduced recidivism,” Weber told her colleagues during a recent heated floor debate on the bill.

But police chiefs and sheriffs throughout California say the proposal that passed narrowly in the state Assembly undermines a longstanding social compact: those who commit a serious crime lose not only their freedom to live in society for a time but also their right to participate in democracy. …

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  1. But of course. This will give the dems more voters and take away another reason not to commit a crime. Jerry the Stupid lets them out way early and the police are so harassed now days that they look the other way so as not to be as some “activists” camera. See Boys and Girls, Crime DOES pay.

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