Wednesday, March 04, 2009

On prisoner suffrage and the euro-elections

Dizzy Thinks...are the euro-elections validity going to be legally challenged?
Jailhouse Lawyer aka John Hirst has been working for prisoner suffrage for a very long time. Let's see if this gets anywhere.

And before people appear in the comments to have a go at me for linking to John: I am quite aware of John's past, and it has always been my opinion that people who commit horrendous crimes should go to jail, and not only be punished but if possible, rehabilitated. And if whilst they are in there they decide to learn law, take an interest in bettering the lives of others, and then having served their time, go on to do useful and helpful things, such as become a human rights campaigner and live a law-abiding and peaceful life, they should be commended for it, though nothing can make right taking a life, or bring comfort to the victim's family and friends. And prisoner suffrage is a good thing, and the right to vote is a human right, and unpopular as this may be, I will support it.

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Blogger jailhouselawyer said...

Thanks for your support Rachel. In the Prisoners Votes Case, the Court stated that I was a victim of State abuse. Presently, there are over 60,000 victims being denied their human right to the vote. We either support human rights and the rule of law for all, or we fall short of claiming to be civilised and a liberal democracy. In this case, it is the prisoner who are in the legal right and the State has committed the legal wrong and must now makes amends.

March 04, 2009 11:23 pm  
Blogger Hot News said...

This subject is a tricky one ... but my immediate gut reaction is to allow prisoners a vote. All the politics behind it doesn't stakc up to less than 1% of the vote in the UK.

March 05, 2009 10:30 am  
Blogger Pat Patterson said...

This always strikes me as a simple issue of asking people who have been robbed, beaten and murdered(In Chicago you can vote years after dying) to give the vote to the people who robbed, beat and murdered them. So that the latter can vote to change the laws that put them in jail the first time.

April 05, 2009 2:22 pm  

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