On Tuesday, the Maryland Senate overrode Gov. Hogan’s veto, allowing felons to vote. The previous law allowed felons to vote only after completing both their sentence and probation. However, the new law, Senate Bill 340, grants voting rights to felons immediately after being released from prison.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but I’m pretty sure that when you were a kid, if you did something bad, you had your privileges taken away. You no longer could go to your friend’s house or you could not watch T.V. until you had followed through with all of the requirements from your parents. Should that concept not apply to felons?
If you do something so bad that you end up in prison, your privilege of voting is usually stripped away – at least during the time that you are paying your debt to society. But, apparently the liberals in Maryland wanted to champion an effort to restore voting rights. I think they forgot that they are not restoring voting rights to your average non-imprisoned citizen. Instead, they are restoring voting rights to people who had them taken away because they committed a felony!
In Elementary School, everyone is allowed to go to recess. It’s their childhood duty to play on a playground. It’s important for them. It’s where they get exercise, where they catch up with their friends, and where they can relax their hardworking brains. All of them have the right to go to recess. But, if a child acts up during class, they can have that right taken away from them. They might have to sit inside while their friends play outside, or they might have to sit on the fence. But, they cannot go back out to recess until they serve all of their time. That also means if they are sitting out because they did not turn in work, they have to complete all of their work before they go back out. It’s called a consequence.
If an 8-year-old can understand that there are consequences for bad behavior – that an activity once granted to each individual could be taken away depending on the behaviors of each individual, then lawmakers in Maryland should be able to understand the same concept. Prisoners should serve their entire time — including parole and probation –before it is even considered for their rights to be earned back.