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  1. Feb 2018
    1. Removing the right of some inmates to exercise their legal responsibility as v


    2. revoking inmate voting rights would strip imprisoned people of dignity and make rehabilitation that much more difficult


      rehabilitation is important to decrease likeliness of re-offending

    3. That the franchise is enshrined in the state Constitution and too important to withdraw on a whim; that voting rights keep inmates connected to civic life and make it easier for them to rejoin society; that the notion of restricting rights for people in prison was inconsistent with the values of the state

      counter arguments

    4. killers had denied their loved ones the right to vote and therefore should suffer the same fate.


    5. there are no black populations to speak of and racial demonization does not come into the equation. Both states place no restrictions on voting rights for people convicted of even serious crimes and have steadfastly resisted efforts to revoke a system that allows inmates to vote from prison.

      correlation isn't causation – can't necessarily be used as evidence

    6. Alabama today has one of the highest rates of felony disenfranchisement in the nation: An estimated 7.2 percent of its citizens — and 15 percent of African-Americans — have lost the right to vote.

      evidence former slave state, still disproportionately disenfranchising blacks > keeps them underrepresented in politics

    7. voting laws needed to be amended, lest whites be swept away at the polls by the black vote.


    8. he larger the state’s black population, the more likely the state was to pass the most stringent laws that permanently denied people convicted of crimes the right to vote


      shows that it was aimed at hurting blacks – still racist today?

    9. black population — which makes up 38 percent of those denied the vote


      blacks misrepresented in politics

    10. stripped one in every 13 black persons of the right to vote — a rate four times that of nonblacks nationally.


      disproportionately affects blacks

    11. at a time when our peers in the democratic world rightly see it as an aberration

      US should follow in other countries' footsteps

      how can they be the "democratic capital of the world" if they continue disenfranchisement?

    12. aberration

      straying from what is expected or normal

    13. statutes that allowed correctional systems to arbitrarily and permanently strip large numbers of people of the right to vote were a particularly potent tool in the campaign to undercut African-American political power

      disenfranchisement is part of this outdated, oppressive system

    1. the punishment and stigma continues for the rest of their life, harming their families and hampering their ability to re-enter society

      evidence moral

    2. repealing felon disenfranchisement laws is in the interest of upholding American ideals


    3. While George W. Bush won Florida by 537 votes in 2000, more than 800,000 Floridians with criminal records were barred from voting


    4. Mass disenfranchisement also has serious political consequences.


    5. a study by a parole commission in Florida found that formerly incarcerated people banned from voting were three times as likely to re-offend as those who were allowed to vote

      evidence disenfranchisement increases crime rates and causes misrepresentation in office

    6. felon disenfranchisement laws — which are explicitly permitted by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution — are devoid of both logic and supporting evidence. They undermine the citizenship of people who have paid their debt to society

      reason evidence

      logical, moral

    7. Most industrialized nations allow all nonincarcerated people to vote


    8. still falls disproportionately on minorities, who make up more than one-third of those affected

      evidence moral argument

    9. disenfranchisement laws were aimed at newly freed blacks.

      reason they are outdated, and oppressive

    10. Mr. Holder has become increasingly outspoken: criminal justice reform and voting rights.

      bias: felons should have voting rights

    11. State laws that disenfranchise people who have served their time “defy the principles — of accountability and rehabilitation

      reason moral

    12. “By perpetuating the stigma and isolation imposed on formerly incarcerated individuals, these laws increase the likelihood they will commit future crimes.”

      evidence moral argument

    13. “profoundly outdated” practice that is unjust and counterproductive.


    14. Attorney

      establishes credibility

    1. erroneous

      wrong, incorrect

      Shows authors' bias – felons should be able to vote

    2. In the six states that prohibit ex-felons from voting, one in four African-American men is permanently disenfranchised.
    3. There are, however, certain features of the American penal system that give the topic of disenfranchisement a pressing moral sa
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