AG urges restoring voting rights to ex-inmates
WASHINGTON (AP) – Attorney General Eric Holder called on a group of states Tuesday to restore voting rights to ex-felons, part of a push to fix what he sees as flaws in the criminal justice system that have a disparate impact on racial minorities.
“It is time to fundamentally rethink laws that permanently disenfranchise people who are no longer under federal or state supervision,” Holder said, targeting 11 states that he said continue to restrict voting rights for former inmates, even after they’ve finished their prison terms.
“Across this country today, an estimated 5.8 million Americans – 5.8 million of our fellow citizens – are prohibited from voting because of current or previous felony convictions,” Holder told a symposium on criminal justice at Georgetown University.
Now into his fifth year as attorney general and hinting that this year might be his last, Holder survived political controversies that, early on, placed him on the defensive. Now, he is doubling down on the kinds of issues that have long held his interest during a career in law enforcement – prison overcrowding, overly harsh mandatory drug sentences and school disciplinary policies that he says push kids into street crime. SOURCE
Well, anyone want to take bets on how long it will take for me to be called a RACIST again?
If RACIAL minorities weren’t committing the greatest number of felony crimes this wouldn’t be an issue, prisons wouldn’t be overcrowded and the Attorney General would have another opportunity to throw *The RACE Card* once again.
I realize that anyone can make a mistake and end up in prison but when you do, you know going in, there are certain rights that you give up as part of paying for the crime(s) you committed.
As the man said, “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime…”
Congress used to be the place that highlighted Holder’s problems, including a plan to try terrorists in New York City and the failed Justice Department investigation of gun smuggling in Arizona that ended in the death of a border patrol agent.
Now, Holder is talking about partnering up with conservative lawmakers like Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who shares concerns such as mandatory minimum prison sentences that can put away low-level drug offenders for decades. On Tuesday, Holder took note of the fact that Paul was to be a participant in the criminal justice symposium later in the morning.
There is a fine line between Libertarian and Liberal beliefs where drugs and crime are concerned and once again I am left to wonder WHY so many that are thought to be Conservatives continue to think of Rand Paul as some kind of savior of freedom.
Let me tell you folks something; that nut didn’t fall too far from the tree!
On a topic with racial overtones, Holder said 2.2 million black citizens, or nearly one in 13 African-American adults, are banned from voting because of these laws, and he said the ratio climbs to one in five in Florida, Kentucky and Virginia.
“Although well over a century has passed since post-Reconstruction states used these measures to strip African-Americans of their most fundamental rights, the impact of felony disenfranchisement on modern communities of color remains both disproportionate and unacceptable.”
Maybe these African-American adults shouldn’t have chosen a life of crime. Wait; is that a racist thing for ME to say? Seems like everything else I have said lately has been determined to be racist…
The restoration of voting rights for felons is going to be a battle I am guessing. What happens when felons are allowed to buy and possess guns?
That may not happen, you know, with the way Holder hates guns, well, guns not used in Fast and Furious that is. It would seem appropriate if felons got the right to vote AND guns though, considering how messed up the Obama regime really is.
And as an added bonus…
Ex-New Orleans mayor convicted of taking bribes
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A federal jury has convicted former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on charges that he accepted bribes, free trips and other gratuities from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work while he was in office.
The jury on Wednesday convicted Nagin of 20 of 21 counts against him.
Nagin was indicted in January 2013 on charges he accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and truckloads of free granite for his family business in exchange for promoting the interests of a local businessman.
He also was charged with accepting thousands of dollars in payoffs from another businessman for his help in securing city contracts. SOURCE
Holder wants to restore the voting rights of felons, Ray *Chocolate City* Nagin gets convicted and WILL be going to prison … coincidence?
And someone HAS to say it, maybe Holder is laying the groundwork for the future restoration of HIS and Barack Hussein Obama’s voting rights.