Should prisoners be allowed to vote?

@Memnon (2173)
November 1, 2010 11:48pm CST
In 2005 the European Court of Human Rights ruled that it was in breach of a prisoner's human rights to deny them the ability to vote. Now the government is reviewing UK legislation with a view to who will be allowed to vote. Interestingly, one of the groups that could be excluded from voting are those imprisoned for non payment of debt. So you can vote if you rape someone, but not if you refuse to pay council tax. More proof that western society places more importance on capital than life. What do you think about prisoners being able to vote?
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@matersfish (6311)
• United States
2 Nov 10
I think it's a bad idea. At what point in life do you start to lose your rights? If it's not when you're in prison, then I don't know when.
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@Memnon (2173)
2 Nov 10
I think that the human rights lobby are directing their attention where they can (ie-EU), rather than where they need to (China).
@Memnon (2173)
2 Nov 10
Absolutely true. If the UK fails to house a hate priest, his multiple wives and children, we are being racist. If I lose my job, have my house repossessed, and end up on the street the authorities will not find me lodging as I have no dependents. Oh that, and I was born in England, and I'm Christian: therefore as close to being an undesirable as possible in the UK. No wonder Cherie Blair took so many HR cases- they are all funded by Legal Aid; so they can be appealed right the way through without 'the client' running out of funds. Gravy train.
@thommas (144)
• Latvia
2 Nov 10
The human rights is something a state decides us to assign or no to assign - they are not coming from the heaven. If a state wishes to take them away for some reasons,then what can we do? Nothing. Because it's not our property, it's not anything "absolute", as people tend to consider. As well it's in an opposite case, when the state devises to give these rights for the prisoners. Just an overturned situation.
2 Nov 10
I saw it on the news on television today, but i don't think they should be able to vote though. They are in prison for doing a crime so why should they keep the right to vote... Any crime that puts you in prison must be classed as lost their right to vote whilst they are in there. They can vote when they get out so whats the need to vote while they are in there.
@Memnon (2173)
3 Nov 10
It does seem lunatic! EU meddling again?