As defined in Thompson (2008), Felony disenfranchisement is a situation in the US government where a person is prevented from voting, not allowed to work in certain career professions amongst other civil rights which are restricted once a person has committed a crime that will lead to a prison sentence of more than one year. If a person has been convicted of such a crime that is usually referred to as felon, he or she will lose there and then the right to vote and can either be for a short while or for his or her entire life.
Debate has arisen in the issue of whether or not if a person has been released should recover the civil rights that were lost. As discussed in Thompson (2008) the supporters of this judgment propose that because such crimes are serious in their very nature the rule should be applied strictly always so as to discourage people from doing such like crimes. For others who do not support such a law like the human rights bodies and other lobby groups this is one of the ways of discriminating and isolating people within the society and has many effects to the well being of a person either emotionally and psychologically.
Therefore people should be given their rights after they have reformed. According to a human rights magazine report such a case happened when Tommy Waites of Montgomery a pastor, who had been imprisoned for a life sentence, after being in prison for eight years was released as a result of the good services that he was offering to the community. The state set him free and now he enjoys the right to vote like any other ordinary citizen and can be able to ask for his other civil rights.
This is considered as one of the rare cases that have occurred in the United States of America. Word count 315 References Anthony C. Thompson (2008). Releasing prisoners, redeeming communities: reentry, race and politics. NYU press. Human rights magazine: section of individual rights and responsibilities- felon disenfranchisement: a policy whose time has passed. American bar association. Retrieved online: http://www. abanet. org/irr/hr/winter04/felon. htm