Prisoner Disenfranchisement Policy: A Threat to Democracy?

  title={Prisoner Disenfranchisement Policy: A Threat to Democracy?},
  author={Mandeep K. Dhami},
  journal={Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy},
  • M. Dhami
  • Published 1 December 2005
  • Law
  • Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy
The right to vote is one of the fundamental principles of democracy. However, full suffrage of the adult population has not beets realized in many present-day democracies. Internationally, millions of prisoners (and ex-offenders in some nations) are disenfranchised. Being excluded from the civic process is a threat to democracy. In this article, I argue that removing a prisoner's right to vote can lead to inequality and injustice that is counter to democratic ideals. By contrast… 

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  • 1987
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