Groups Seek Automatic Restoration of Rights

Mar 25, 2013 Read more: NBC29 Charlottesville 11
A coalition of civil rights groups and other activists wants Gov. Bob McDonnell to issue an executive order restoring the voting rights of about 350,000 felons who have completed their sentences. Read more
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Mar 27, 2013
'Cuccinelli also has appointed a panel to examine whether automatic restoration of rights is possible'

gotta get dem votes where u can pooch
George S

Hartselle, AL

#2 Mar 27, 2013
Amazing how people in government find it so difficult to abide by the law.
sez you

Richmond, VA

#3 Mar 27, 2013
This is killing the right but it is justice in one sense. This is what they get for demanding voter ID.
RNR

Crozet, VA

#4 Mar 27, 2013
Felons needs to push for being able to get decent jobs more than pushing for this stuff. Most companies won't even give you half a chance at employment if you've checked the "felony" box on the application. To hell with giving back the right to be a notary, or be on jury duty, push for initiatives for companies to hire people w/ a felony on their record. I'm shocked at some people's priorities.
Just Checking

Falls Church, VA

#5 Mar 27, 2013
Why can't convicted felons demonstrate their commitment to a becoming a productive member of a lawful society by petitioning for the restoration of their rights? Could it be that the libs, the progressives, the Advancement Project, and other advocacy groups want give away yet another freebie with no accountability? It takes more than just "doing the time" to show that a convicted felon has changed his/her ways.
civilli

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Mar 27, 2013
Just Checking wrote:
Why can't convicted felons demonstrate their commitment to a becoming a productive member of a lawful society by petitioning for the restoration of their rights? Could it be that the libs, the progressives, the Advancement Project, and other advocacy groups want give away yet another freebie with no accountability? It takes more than just "doing the time" to show that a convicted felon has changed his/her ways.
so Just Checking, what group do you think should oversee this? and how much punishment is enough for convicted felons? Isnt it better for society to reintegrate them as quickly as possible to work, family and a good support network? Its not a freebie, its the basic human rights you have when you are born and that we as a society demand that you relinquish when you are incarcerated.

My opinion is that getting one's rights re-established can be less costly for the taxpayer in the long run.
Just Checking

Falls Church, VA

#7 Mar 27, 2013
civilli wrote:
<quoted text>
so Just Checking, what group do you think should oversee this? and how much punishment is enough for convicted felons? Isnt it better for society to reintegrate them as quickly as possible to work, family and a good support network? Its not a freebie, its the basic human rights you have when you are born and that we as a society demand that you relinquish when you are incarcerated.
My opinion is that getting one's rights re-established can be less costly for the taxpayer in the long run.
Reintegration is great and should be encouraged...however....not all felons are created equal. Therefore the restoration of rights should not be "automatic" as soon as they clear the slammer door. Who should oversee the rights restoration process? Leave it the way it is now OR just do what liberals do.....create another government department, agency or commission to suck more money from the already overburdened tax paying public. I vote for the first option.
AT A GLANCE

Englewood, CO

#8 Mar 27, 2013
I thought that was how obama won anyway.
kidrocky

Louisa, VA

#10 Mar 27, 2013
civilli wrote:
<quoted text>
so Just Checking, what group do you think should oversee this? and how much punishment is enough for convicted felons? Isnt it better for society to reintegrate them as quickly as possible to work, family and a good support network? Its not a freebie, its the basic human rights you have when you are born and that we as a society demand that you relinquish when you are incarcerated.
My opinion is that getting one's rights re-established can be less costly for the taxpayer in the long run.
If voting was such a top priority for them maybe they should not have committed the crime and in most cases crimes.

So what do you think the next step should be for the little angels? Maybe they can get their right to buy weapons legally again and we can do away with backround checks? How about we let some of them teach in our school systems again or run day care centers? I know what we can do. Let's all do a group hug!

Poor little things...sniffle.
sez you

Richmond, VA

#11 Mar 27, 2013
Probably not an issue anyway, like they're really gonna vote?
Boodreau

Waynesboro, VA

#12 Mar 27, 2013
sez you wrote:
Probably not an issue anyway, like they're really gonna vote?
I can't wait to get out so I can vote is probably not heard very often in the yard in prison.

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