Felony Disenfranchisement – Does Debarring the Right to Vote of the Prisoners’ Curtails the Values of the Democracy

Nikhil Anand
JIMS School of Law, Greater Noida, India

Volume II – Issue I, 2020

The concept of felony disentrancement rose during the civil war curtailing the rights of the prisoners to vote. The concept is supported by one sect and opposed by the other. The argument in favour of the disenfranchisement is that these prisoners’ are social convicts and granting them any rights and privilege would be adding an advantage to them. Debarring their statutory right would deter the people from committing offences. On the other hand people are opposing the disenfranchisement on the ground that incarceration itself debar the convicts all rights and privileges and voting rights should be equally given irrespective of the person’s social and moral deeds, following the norms of the Universal Adult Suffrage. The right to vote considered as the natural rights of the humans and no one debar them from their right.

The article covers the both side of views and also the international conventions and Indian laws which grants or restrict the suffrage.


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