According to the Sentencing Project, an estimated 6.1 million Americans have lost their voting rights because of felony disenfranchisement laws as of 2016. Lawmakers are divided about its implications: what constitutes human rights and what justifies taking them away, especially given a justice system that disproportionately imprisons minorities and the poor?
Felons should be allowed to vote once they have served their sentence
Once a sentence has been served, felons should not have to be continually punished. All of their rights should be reinstated.
Felons have paid their debt to society
By serving their sentence, felons have repaid their debt to society. Disenfranchisement means they are continually punished.
All citizens have the right to vote. We should not deprive anyone, even prisoners, of this right, because it is fundamental to democracy. Disenfranchising certain people gives the government more room to deprive others of voting rights.