Present the arguments for and against felon disenfranchisement
The United States Constitution, Article 2, Section 2, gives the matter of voting rights to the states. Only two states – Maine and Vermont – do not deny persons the right to vote based on criminal conviction. There are 4 states, however, that deny those convicted of a felony the right to vote for the remainder of their lives. The rest of the county falls somewhere in between. Some cities and states assist offenders with their right to vote during and/or following incarceration. Some make no effort at all to assist. Present the arguments for and against felon disenfranchisement. Which side do you believe is more correct? To what extent and why? 2. There are reports that find sexual misconduct is a problem for staff working within correctional institutions. These reports state that male staff victimize female inmates. Other reports state that female staff victimize male inmates. Should correctional administration limit a unit’s assigned staff to the same gender staff as to those persons incarcerated within the prison? In answering this question, frame the totality of your response in terms of legal, practical, emotional, and other related considerations. 3. Of all the United States Supreme Court cases involving prisoners’ rights, which case do you believe is the most important? In discussing your response, please consider it from the offender, correctional staff, and public points of view.