Thursday, 10 February 2011

What were they thinking? Of course prisoners shouldn't get the vote.


My decidedly liberal attitude to criminal justice faced a challenge as the great "should prisoners get the vote" debate raged. And yes, the quite hideous John Hirst did a pretty good hatchet job on my willingness to support liberalisation but that wasn't the clincher. The clincher is this blogpost from SadButMadlad on Anna Raccoon's site where he suggests we treat prisoners in the same manner as many of our elderly, nursing home 'customers':

The criminals would get cold food, be left all alone and unsupervised. Lights off at 8pm, and showers once a week.  Live in a tiny room and pay £600.00 per week and have no hope of ever getting out.

Now I know not all old folks homes are like this - especially the creative, modern ones in the private sector - but it's a strong point. And bear in mind that plenty of those old people are effectively denied the vote too since no-one bothers to make it possible for them.


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