Ex-felons should have full citizenship rights restored, including voting, after they are released from incarceration. Having served their time, it would benefit their re-integration into society, which is in society’s interest.
In some cases, they may still have legal and financial debts to repay. But these obligations should not stand in the way of the restoration of full citizenship rights, including voting. Just because someone is a debtor, that’s not cause for the withholding of voting rights.
Studies have shown that ex-felons with voting rights are 50 percent less likely to re-enter the criminal justice system than those without voting rights. We need more participation in democratic processes, including voting. When people have ownership in society, they are less likely to behave in a deviant way.