Should People On Parole Be Allowed To Vote In California?
Monday, June 29, 2020
Photo by Tarryn Mento
While people incarcerated in local jails or on probation are allowed to vote, those serving time in a state prison or on parole are stripped of their voting rights.
Supporters say the current ban disenfranchises a disproportionate number of Black and Latino voters. Opponents believe taking away voting rights is part of the price people should pay for committing a crime.
There are more than 40,000 Californians on parole.
Taina Vargas-Edmond, executive director of Initiate Justice, an advocacy group sponsoring the proposal, joined Midday Edition on Monday to discuss why this is a matter of racial justice.
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