Some think once criminal offenders have served their time, they should have their rights restored. But in an impassioned editorial for The Washington Post, a Yale law professor argues it's wrong for us to take away the voting rights of people in prison.
In a democracy, felon enfranchisement should not be a partisan issue. Both Republicans and Democrats ought to be held to account for their crimes by a government whose actions they can own. We should give the vote to citizens, in or out of prison, whom we wish to hold responsible for violating laws that are not just ours but also theirs.
Many states still do not extend voting rights to felons after they've been released from prison unless they finish a complete probationary period in some cases. Yet that same felon can work and be taxed on his wages which is unconstitutional. Taxation without representation.