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Prisoner rights-Part 02

  7/31/2012
Summary:Prisoner rights-Part 02

What Are Inmate's Rights?

 

The issue of an inmates' rights involves balancing the rights associated with being a citizen of the jurisdiction in which the inmate is incarcerated with the practical matters that incarceration involves. Perhaps the most controversial issue on this topic is an inmate’s rights to vote. Many jurisdictions have revoked the right to vote — called “disenfranchisement” — of anyone who is convicted of certain crimes. Given the limitations of a prison, civil rights such as inmates' rights to freedom of expression and freedom of religion are at the forefront of this debate. Additionally, the dehumanization of prisoners through poor conditions in prisons is a topic that prisoners’ advocacy groups often target.

The disenfranchisement of an inmate’s rights to vote is a hotly contested topic in areas where the right to vote is considered fundamental to every citizen. For example, in some states in the United States, any person who is convicted of a felony — i.e., a crime that carries a punishment of one year imprisonment or more — loses his or her right to vote. However, many states have revoked any disenfranchisement laws that were once active.  



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