Thursday, 10 February 2011

Prisoner voting: let's be consistent

"What justice? Thug who kicked terminally-ill grandfather in attack walks free from court" reported the Daily Mail on 30th November 2010 "Royal Mail worker Reece Kent, 19, repeatedly punched Ken Oliver before kicking him in the head in a case of mistaken identity. [...] But he walked free from court last week with a six-month suspended sentence," the article goes  on. This is just one of several  instances of perpetrators  of violent assaults being given non-custodial sentences.  To these, one can add many more cases of irresponsible driving offences which have led, or could have led, to death, but which are punished by no more than fines and restrictions on driving licences. All these splendid British citizens are able to vote.

Yet those who find themselves in gaol on election day on even a short sentence for, say, failure to pay what may be a trivial fine, can not.

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