restoring felon rights
pmichelreichold Nov 1st, 2016 77 Never
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- Re: restoring felon rights
- Dear Editor:
- One of the purposes of the criminal justice system is to rehabilitate criminals and turn them
- into responsible citizens, right? So why do we not automatically restore the rights of convicted
- felons after they've completed their sentences?
- We automatically took away their rights; we should give them back the same way.
- Sometimes former criminals don't have the best reading skills in the world. They might not be
- able to make it though the paperwork on their own. Yes, I know, that's what attorneys are for.
- But sometimes former criminals don't have money for attorneys. People could be denied rights
- restoration not because they are not rehabilitated, but because they have trouble reading or
- lack money. As long as the process is not automatic, some people will be unfairly excluded from
- the process of rights restoration.
- Since members of minority groups are more likely to lack the funds to hire an attorney than
- whites, they might be excluded from the process disproportionately to whites. Might the process
- not seem to be discriminatory?
- Automatic restoration eliminates these problems. Other states have already found the process
- workable. Let's make rights restoration automatic upon completion of sentence.
- Philipp Michel Reichold
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