Friday 20 October 2017

Prisoners' right to vote should be given if rehabilitation is aim

In 2005, a prisoner in a British jail, John Hirst, obtained a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights at Strasbourg that it was not permissible under the European Convention to have a blanket ban so as to deprive all prisoners of the vote at elections.

States have a fairly wide discretion to have a limited ban on prisoners' voting rights – but not a total ban.

In the British parliament, both the Conservative and Labour parties have resisted the necessity to introduce even limited voting rights for prisoners.

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