Arguments for Denying Prisoners the Right to Vote


I am writing an article on Massachusetts Proposition 3, which will give prisoners the right to vote. This is hard news, not a persuasive essay. The goal is to present the facts and competing arguments to the reader and allow them to reach their own conclusions. If I do not include arguments both for and against this measure, my article has fundamentally failed.

The problem I am having is that I cannot find any decent arguments against the measure. Do you know any philosophers or politicians that hold this position? Once I get pointed in the right direction, I should be able to do all the research myself.

E Tam

Posted 2020-07-23T18:03:33.623

Reputation: 139 – Brian Z – 2020-07-23T18:14:24.847


Some from the academic field:

– Mr. White – 2020-07-23T18:19:25.837


There is a number of academic publications on this issue, e.g. Disenfranchising Felons by Kleinig-Murtagh lists common arguments for it (from social contract and moral purity) with analysis. See also Levine, Does the Social Contract Justify Felony Disenfranchisement? and Ethics of Disenfranchisement by Ruth et al..

– Conifold – 2020-07-23T19:12:29.157

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