My older sister sent me a link to an article from the Seattle Times titled "What's the real reason?" It asks the question, why so many minority men end up in prison and the article also questions why felons shouldn't be allowed to vote. I think these are both good topics for pondering. Of course, they are of particular interest to me since I work in corrections.
The article reports that recently "...a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Washington's law banning felons from voting violates the 1965 Voting Rights Act because it disenfranchises minority voters disproportionately."
There are more minorities in jail/prison even though I don't know what the statistics are. I do know that, from my experience, there are a lot more caucasians being arrested these days. A significant number are from middle class families, some even from wealthy families.
What are your thoughts on these topics? Do you think that felons should be allowed to vote?