Letting ex-cons vote `the right thing...

Letting ex-cons vote `the right thing to do'

There are 24 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Apr 8, 2007, titled Letting ex-cons vote `the right thing to do'. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

It's a "Nixon goes to China" moment. A Republican governor takes a liberalizing step that no Democrat would have dared.

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PBC

Deerfield Beach, FL

#2 Apr 8, 2007
THESE PEOPLE ARE FORMER CRIMINALS AND THEY HAVE NEVER GOTTEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE ETC BACK. WHY START NOW. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN THAT ANYONE CAN COMMIT A CRIME GO TO JAIL AND SERVE IT'S TIME AND THEN HAVE ALL RIGHT RESTORED. I WOULD NEVER VOTE FOR THAT.
Jack-the-hat

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#3 Apr 8, 2007
Hang them in the electric chair. After giveing them their right to take it up the ass.
buzz

Miami, FL

#4 Apr 8, 2007
Does this mean all their rights are restored? I hope its restricted to voting, we don't need ex-felons being able to purchase a gun or get a concealed weopon permit. I don't have a problem if its only voting, seems fair the ex-crooks can vote for the future crooks.
Jury impact

Powder Springs, GA

#5 Apr 8, 2007
Who will suffer when a jury made up of former convicted felons is deciding the fate of a defendant. Will they not sympathize with the defendant? How likely is it that a jury member stole a car, robbed someone or committed a burglary will resist finding someone guilty of the same. All of the effort and money spent by government to investigate, catch and prosecute someone will all be for not in an already flawed criminal justice system. It only takes one juror to have a hung jury. The wholesale restoration of rights to convicted criminals is irresponsible and further errodes the effectiveness of the prosecution.
softail

Boynton Beach, FL

#6 Apr 8, 2007
Leave it up to the republicans, they already have the country in shambles with gas prices, taxes , insurance cost and a war no one wants, now we can put crimmals on your jurys, WQhy not as they leave the prison,give then a votor regestration card, DL, and a Weapons permit and maybe a C note to hold them over til there next job. I hope they all move around the A.. that we call govenor.
mother nature

Miami, FL

#7 Apr 8, 2007
Jury impact wrote:
Who will suffer when a jury made up of former convicted felons is deciding the fate of a defendant. Will they not sympathize with the defendant? How likely is it that a jury member stole a car, robbed someone or committed a burglary will resist finding someone guilty of the same. All of the effort and money spent by government to investigate, catch and prosecute someone will all be for not in an already flawed criminal justice system. It only takes one juror to have a hung jury. The wholesale restoration of rights to convicted criminals is irresponsible and further errodes the effectiveness of the prosecution.
Absoulutely, the law states a jury of my peers, and I am not a convicted felon...
Rufus

Spartanburg, SC

#8 Apr 8, 2007
What? Are you accusing Crist of being a republican? Hell he just got the Dems thousands of votes. Hey why wait to release them let them vote while they are still in prison.

Since: Feb 07

Ryderwood, WA

#9 Apr 8, 2007
Felons can guess just as well as anyone else.
gay cop

Miami, FL

#10 Apr 8, 2007
Thank goodness for our gay governor he is such a closet socialist
buzz

Miami, FL

#11 Apr 8, 2007
gay cop wrote:
Thank goodness for our gay governor he is such a closet socialist
I heard Mark Foley Instant messages him everday.
sick of it

Tucson, AZ

#12 Apr 8, 2007
can you read ? The article says that Crist went against the wishes of the Republicans and is pushing the Democrat sponsered bill
softail wrote:
Leave it up to the republicans, they already have the country in shambles with gas prices, taxes , insurance cost and a war no one wants, now we can put crimmals on your jurys, WQhy not as they leave the prison,give then a votor regestration card, DL, and a Weapons permit and maybe a C note to hold them over til there next job. I hope they all move around the A.. that we call govenor.
John

Hollywood, FL

#13 Apr 8, 2007
Crist wrote:
"we restore their ability to be gainfully employed, as well as their dignity."
I dont get it. How will this help felons get employed or find a place to live? They are still felons, they still have their criminal history, its not disappearing. They will always be felons, now only with the ability to vote.
James

United States

#14 Apr 8, 2007
I'm an ex felon but never lost my ability to vote that's why I voted aganist Crist he can keep his bull.
Pago Pago Trojan

Toledo, OH

#15 Apr 8, 2007
Not only can they vote, but the State owes them a good job also.
James

United States

#16 Apr 8, 2007
I spent 3 years in state prison and never lost my right to vote and the state can keep it's good job. They gave me one when I was in prison patching roads so they can keep their good jobs.
Ethan

Vero Beach, FL

#17 Apr 8, 2007
Thank you, Governor Christ, for doing the right thing. Most ex felons should have their rights completely restored after they have served their sentence. Let people get on with their lives in a positive way.
John Chase

Tampa, FL

#18 Apr 8, 2007
Opponents of withholding civil rights from felons make no sense to me. How can a felon demonstrate he is a contributing member of society and pay restitution if his record blocks him from going to work.
James

United States

#19 Apr 8, 2007
civil rights is only a state of intelligence.
John

Hollywood, FL

#20 Apr 13, 2007
John Chase wrote:
Opponents of withholding civil rights from felons make no sense to me. How can a felon demonstrate he is a contributing member of society and pay restitution if his record blocks him from going to work.
again, how does allowing felons to vote get them jobs and find them places to live?

IT DOESNT! Once youre a Felon, you need to live with it the rest of your life.

DEAL WITH IT.

Since: Feb 07

Gig Harbor, WA

#21 Apr 13, 2007
John wrote:
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again, how does allowing felons to vote get them jobs and find them places to live?
IT DOESNT! Once youre a Felon, you need to live with it the rest of your life.
DEAL WITH IT.
So many victims of mum & dads casual hump. tsk-tsk.

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