I wasn't focusing on any specific type of crime. In fact, the issue was raised in connection with Skombolis.<quoted text>
Repeat child predators? Today, they are never allowed to own a car or a drivers license, be at least 500 feet from a park or school. They are not allowed to go in State and Federal parks in the state that I live. You would give them back their rights, knowing they can not/will not change? What about child offenders?
Again. It is my view that, once a person has fully served his or her sentence for a crime, including the required period of parole, that person should be considered rehabilitated as a criminal or, if you prefer, the person will have paid his debt to society for his or her crime. There is no justifiable reason to deny the person the right to vote. This would just serve to marginalize people and possibly increase recidivism.
Yes, there are often certain restrictions on sex offenders--registration requirements, housing restrictions, perhaps others in some states. I wasn't addressing these, some of which are controversial and are currently undergoing review in the courts. There are also statutes permitting civil commitment, at the end of the criminal sentence, of persons deemed by psychiatric experts to be sexual predators. Obviously, these people are not eligible for restoration of civil rights.