Even though citizens loose many of their rights once committing a felony, there are still rights afforded to those individuals incarcerated. Prisoner rights are important to maintaining balance within the prison system. They give the prisoners a voice, which prevents prison officials from abusing their power. Prisoner rights are necessary. I will also be giving a brief history on and explaining how prisoner rights have changed from the early days till today. I will also try to give my own views on if those changes have been beneficial for the prisoners and how their rights may develop in the future.
Discussion on Whether Prisoners Should Have Right to Vote
Prisoners should be allowed to vote: [Essay Example], words GradesFixer
Prisoner rights are important because they prevent prisons from taking advantage of people. They also help to ensure that the punishment fits the crime. Some of those rights include freedom of speech and religion, freedom from arbitrary punishment and cruel and unusual punishment, and the right to have access to the courts through Habeas Corpus. These rights are guaranteed so that prisoners are not treated unfairly, or even in an inhumane fashion. If these rights were not guaranteed to prisoners, abuse and neglect would be rampant and violence would be worse than it is now. They now have more access to the courts and benefit from internal procedures which help to resolve disputes within the prison.
Prisoners In Prisons
The government did right by denying them their right to vote. Once you are imprisoned, most of your rights are taken away from you. You are now a felon, depending on your sentence, whom has to abide by the rules of the prison. It was mentioned that prison is meant to be rehabilitative, but not all rison sentences are meant to be rehabilitative but purely punitive. Life without parole and death row inmates are not in there for rehab.
As Heath mentioned all citizens have the right to elect who represents them in court. If prisoners remain as citizens while serving their sentences then they should also enjoy the basic civil rights, including being able to cast their votes. Whether you pick-pocketed or murdered multiple times, that aspect of your punishment is the same. That is only if you get the punishment though.