Attorney General Eric Holder Calls for Ex-Felons to Get Their Voting Rights Back   Leave a comment

FWIW, I agree with Atty.Gen. Holden; once you’ve paid your debt to society, there is no reason why the right-to-vote should be restricted, period.

GOOD BLACK NEWS

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Attorney General Eric Holder called on a group of states Tuesday to restore voting rights to ex-felons, part of a push to fix what he sees as flaws in the criminal justice system that have a disparate impact on racial minorities.

“By perpetuating the stigma and isolation imposed on formerly incarcerated individuals, these laws increase the likelihood they will commit future crimes,” Holder said during a speech at a criminal justice reform event hosted by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights at Georgetown University Law Center on Tuesday. “They undermine the reentry process and defy the principles of accountability and rehabilitation that guide our criminal justice policies. And however well-intentioned current advocates of felony disenfranchisement may be, the reality is that these measures are, at best, profoundly outdated.”

From the Washington Post:

Holder said that current laws forbidding felons from voting make it harder for them to…

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Posted February 12, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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