• Bob Stevens

    Yes… Let the people in jail vote for less jails. Let the criminals vote for more lenient criminal laws. This is completely asinine. You don’t let children decide what to eat, where to go, what to do because they lack the understanding to do so. By committing crimes, criminals are telling the rest of the world that they are not fit to run their own lives let alone vote in how to run yours. When did this county, state, country become so pussified? Inmates running the asylum at its finest here in the golden state. Are we trying to take the title of Mexico away from our neighbors to the south?

  • LFOldTimer

    Well, if it makes an inmate feel better by giving him or her the right to vote while in prison – why not? Maybe it will help prevent prison rioting. Besides, a keen observer has to question the validity of a system that shows the voter approval polls of State and Federal elected politicians at 15% to 23% while 95% of the incumbents get reelected to office. The dots don’t connect. And no one has provided me with a good solid acceptable reason for that. Until that happens, I remain skeptical. So let the prisoners vote. I don’t care. Many times we vote and elect those who should be behind bars. So what does it really matter?

    • OCResident

      I find it sad that you’ve apparently given up on participating in our democratic system. I can’t say that I’m happy with the current state of affairs either, but to simply stop voting, to stop supporting causes, candidates or ballot measures that could change something that’s important to you isn’t the right answer. When engaged citizens like you give up, we fall further into the self fulfilling bipartisan bickering that produces nothing. Please don’t give up.

      With respect to re-engaging these soon-to-be and formerly incarcerated people into the process of voting, I can’t agree more with these efforts. As long as someone pays their societal debt by serving their time and being released, I see no reason they can’t be voters once again. These folks are adults and should be encouraged to participate as contributing members of our communities when they are released. To be denied full participation in society through residency restrictions, the inability to find employment, or the denial of their right to have a say in our democratic system, they are incentivized to re-offend, and I don’t see how that’s a good thing.