quote:Originally posted by Frenchy:quote:2b. Re-instatement of voting privileges for felons.
This would be nice. I shudder to think about what candidates will do to win "the Felon vote," but it would certainly force them to address some of the things they like to dance around (lack of rehabilitation in prison, unjust nature of mandatory sentencing, discrimination against those with prison records, etc). It seems it would at least be a start to repairing some of the damage the criminal justice system has done.
I would think that politicians would have to try to win the felon vote mainly by trying to apeal to the communities that those felons come from. I have no hard data to back this up, but suspect that the voting patterns of felons, to the extent that they would actually vote, would be pretty much in line with the voting patterns of the nonfelons from the same community.
The biggest effect of ending felony disfranchisement, however, might be the removal of a huge incentive to create felons.
For example, what would be the point of having 2/5's of all adult Black males in Florida be felons (to the nearest fifth) if it didn't result in the average adult Black male in Florida having 3/5's of a vote? (Again, to the nearest fifth.)
One way to decrease the number of felons is to remove the incentive to create felons.