New legislation tabled in Washington DC could soon see all of the district’s convicted felons obtain the right to vote while incarcerated.
Giving prisoners the right to vote remains a controversial issue. If passed, it will place the US capital alongside Maine and Vermont, the only two states in America where prisoners can cast an electoral vote. The debate around felons’ right to vote has an extensive history in the US and, as individual states determine their own legislation, policies are rarely uniform.
In this episode of The Stream we ask: should convicted felons have the right to vote, is it dependent on the crime committed and what are the social, political and ethical issues at play?