Should prisoners be allowed to vote?
Who are prisoners? The person who has been imprisoned for a crime, they have been charged and are on punishment under the locker, such people are called prisoners. So should prisoners be allowed to vote? Is voting a basic human right, or is it as much a privilege as having quiet neighbors and being allowed to drive? The world is split over this issue, with some countries for good disenfranchising criminals, that’s removing their right to vote and some allowing felons to vote even whereas they’re in jail.
Why prisoners should have a voting right?
Losing the right to vote shouldn’t be a consequence of committing crime. But to understand this, we first need to know why it is important to vote? Voting is a basic process that keeps a nation’s governmental system works. It enables the citizens to choose their own government. It also allows the people to choose their representatives in the government. The purpose of every government is to develop and implement various policies for the benefit of its citizens. Every adult is given the right to vote, irrespective of sex, class, occupation and so forth. This is representative of uniformity and congruity. It is a fundamental right in which all citizens get an equal opportunity to choose who represents them. Why should prisoners vote? Understand it by this example, voting restrictions may create a racial imbalance. Studies have shown that ethnic minorities are additional doubtless to travel to jail than members of the bulk population; African American males within the U.S. are 5 times additional doubtless to be incarcerated than white males. If the votes of specific racial ethnicities are decreased over those of the bulk, their political interests won’t be painted proportionately. Stemming from this, crime direction would primarily nullify the US ballot Rights Act that sought-after to produce meaningful ballot illustration for society’s minorities. Voters set example for the youngsters, several prisoners gave youngsters reception, and so, ballot will empower the remainder of the family particularly the growing population to participate in voting. Also, crime is a societal problem, and voting is a societal privilege, okay don’t confuse this point, what we are trying to say is that, as voting is a societal privilege so doesn’t you want a fair competition? Common it’s not a school tournament, it’s a decision which determines the future of the country! We need voters. It is typically aforesaid that India has one in all the world’s smallest prison populations, with more or less 33 out of each 100,000 persons behind bars, according to the Institute for Criminal Policy Research data. Compared to this, there are 666 persons per 100,000 in US jails. Compared to the six big countries in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, too, we have the least number of people in prison per 100,000 population. Yet, all this is often no consolation for the thousands of deteriorating in Indian prisons. There is no differentiation between those who have been charged with heinous crimes such as murder and sexual assault and of minor offences. Hence, those with even minor transgressions are denied to their pick rights.
We believe prison should be about rehabilitation; a place to create opportunities for healing and personal transformation otherwise absent in the often highly dysfunctional may damage lives of many prisoners. It is equally important for them to vote as to keep our voting system more dynamic and impactful. When on one hand people who are charged can qualify to compete for elections then why don’t people in prisons allowed to even vote. This is a very sensitive topic and needs a lot of thinking and evidences and we are not saying to make it mandatory. All our approach is to at least address the issue and think about doing something. Because more than and institutional issue it’s about personal rehabilitation.