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restoring felon rights

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