Voting is a right
Citizens should have the right to vote, and those incarcerated should not be any different.
Felons are disproportionately made up of African-American men, with roughly a third of African-American men having felony convictions. Not allowing felons to vote either during or after their sentence amounts to voter suppression of African-American men.
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African-American men are disproportionately represented in prison populations. One third of African-American men in the U.S. have a felony, and African-Americans make up almost 40% of prison inmates despite making up only 12% of the population. This means that disenfranchisement in practice serves to prevent African-American men specifically from voting. This has been called the 'New Jim Crow' - a way for the government to legally discriminate against the African-American population. Mass incarceration in the U.S. has served to subjugate African-American men, and to stop felons from voting at any time only further deprives them of their rights.
The policy of disenfranchisement of felons has nothing to do with race. It is to do with the sort of people society benefits from having participate in the democratic process. Regardless of race, felons have displayed they do not deserve to be able to vote.
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[P1] The criminal justice system disproportionately targets African-American men. [P2] To take away felons' right to vote is to specifically disenfranchise African-American men.
[Rejecting P2] Not letting felons vote is nothing to do with race; it is about looking out for the good of society.
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