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Editorial: Post on voting rights for Va. ex-felons

In an editorial Wednesday, The Post's editorial board discusses voting rights for ex-felons in Virginia, writing:

... even nonviolent ex-convicts like Ms. [Jennifer] McDaniel, who have worked hard, rebuilt their lives and done all the state has asked of them, must wait three years after completing their punishments before they are eligible even to apply for the restoration of their voting rights. That is nothing short of a scandal.

A Post video interview with McDaniel was also published.

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 13, 2010; 10:48 AM ET
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Of course many people in our nation of African decent see the long arm of the law as quite racist, and to have a system that keeps an ex-offender from voting is just further punishment. When is the debt to society paid up? Americans of African decent comprise the biggest population numbers in our prison system, no matter the state. We see harsher sentences for the same offense, and judges deny any bias.

Take for instance "Crack" cocaine, as opposed to powder cocaine. Having the same amount of each amoung different felons got you more time for the crack. The excuse was the violence surrounding crack. Well look at the violence surrounding "Meth." Yet no harsh sentence for what is basically a drug of choice amoung White people, and with greater violence, and no harsh sentences. First time offenders with crack were getting 10 years flat, and were mostly Black. What is wrong with this picture?

I say this because the biggest push in our nation of late was to imprison drug offender, users. A drug is a drug, right. Yet bigger, more frequent harm to our society is done by those who abuse alcohol, one legal, the other illegal. Let us treat, not imprison, and thus lessen the number of burdensome prisoners on our society.

And this right to vote thing, kind of reflects on the whole mess we have made with this senseless war on drugs as we are presently fighting it.

Posted by: Fedup77 | January 13, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Sure, let's have law-breakers decide who should be Sheriff, and who should make the laws that they break.

By definition, felons have made bad decisions. Why let them make decisions that affect the rest of us?

Posted by: narceleb | January 13, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

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