Read the articles below then write a short essay in response to the following question:Write a paper arguing for or against voting rights for felons. Choose a specific audience and convince them to change their view.
Should Felons Be Allowed to Vote After They Have Served Their Time?Almost six million Americans have been stripped of their right to vote — many for the rest of their lives. Most states prohibit prisoners in jail from voting, but some states bar felons from ever voting, even decades after they are released, unless they receive clemency from the governor. Felonies can include violent crimes like murder and assault, but also nonviolent crimes like tax evasion, drug dealing and check fraud.
Read the following articles to inform your views, then write a paper defending one side of this issue.
Holder Urges States to Lift Bans on Felons’ Voting,” by Matt Apuzzo“6 Million Americans Without a Voice”, The Times Editorial BoardRoger Clegg, President and General Counsel for the Center for Equal OpportunityThere Are Good Reasons for Felons to Lose the Right to VoteWrite a paper arguing for or against voting rights for felons. Choose a specific audience and convince them to change their view.
*Make sure your essay includes a thesis statement, at least three body paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph.Use evidence from the readings to support your points.Remember too think about your audience and your purpose for writing. To whom are you writing and why? What are you trying to prove?
an introduction and conclusion,a thesis statement,relevant topic sentences,body paragraphs focused on one main idea each,a logical progression of ideas,ideas developed and supported with specific details,a clear presentation of your ideas,sentences free or almost free from errors, andstrive to complete the essayThe Writing PromptShould Felons Be Allowed to Vote After They Have Served Their Time? Why or why not?Almost six million Americans have been stripped of their right to vote — many for the rest of their lives. Most states prohibit prisoners in jail from voting, but some states bar felons from ever voting, even decades after they are released, unless they receive clemency from the governor. Felonies can include violent crimes like murder and assault, but also nonviolent crimes like tax evasion, drug dealing and check fraud.
Should people convicted of felonies ever be allowed to vote?
In “Holder Urges States to Lift Bans on Felons’ Voting,” Matt Apuzzo writes:
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. called Tuesday for the repeal of laws that prohibit millions of felons from voting, underscoring the Obama administration’s determination to elevate issues of criminal justice and race in the president’s second term and create a lasting civil rights legacy.
In a speech at Georgetown University, Mr. Holder described today’s prohibitions — which in some cases bar those convicted from voting for life — as a vestige of the racist policies of the South after the Civil War, when states used the criminal justice system to keep blacks from fully participating in society.
“Those swept up in this system too often had their rights rescinded, their dignity diminished, and the full measure of their citizenship revoked for the rest of their lives,” Mr. Holder said. “They could not vote.”
Mr. Holder has no authority to enact the changes he called for, given that states establish the rules under which people can vote.
The Times Editorial Board also weighs in on the subject in “6 Million Americans Without a Voice”:
The right to vote is the foundation of any democracy, yet nearly six million Americans are denied that right, in many cases for life, because they have been convicted of a crime. Some states disenfranchise more than 7 percent of their adult citizens. …
State laws that disenfranchise people who have served their time “defy the principles — of accountability and rehabilitation — that guide our criminal justice policies,” Mr. Holder said in urging state lawmakers to repeal them. “By perpetuating the stigma and isolation imposed on formerly incarcerated individuals, these laws increase the likelihood they will commit future crimes.”
Madeleine Beth McCann born 12 May 2003 disappeared on the evening of 3 May 2007 from her bed in a holiday apartment in Portugal, sparking what one newspaper called “the most heavily reported missing-person case in modern history” Still to this day no one knows where she is or what really happened to her. The general public have many theories such as she was abducted”, but the most popular theory is that she was murdered and the parents covered it up. Was Madeleine abducted? Madeleine was on holiday from the UK with her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann her twin siblings and a group of family friends and their children. She and the twins had been left asleep at 20:30 in the ground-floor apartment, while the McCanns friends dined in a restaurant 55 metres away.The parents checked on the children throughout the evening, until Madeleine’s mother discovered she was missing at 22:00. Now although this is what the parents have said this statement just doesn’t add up, for example Kate McCann said that when she found out Madeleine was missing she left her other two children in the apartment go and alert her husband at the restaurant, This is where many people think her story is flawed if u had just found out your daughter was abducted why would u leave your other two children home alone to go alert your husband? This is what Gerry McCann said when questioned about not having a baby sitter. “The kids were sound asleep and they were being checked regularly. We didn’t think we needed a babysitter. We are good parents and what we did felt perfectly reasonable at the time.” One of the the family’s neighbours at the time Pamela Isobel Fenn said in her witness statement that she hear “one of the children crying out for approximately one hour and fifteen minutes” There has been many inconsistencies with the parents and other people’s story’s which make it hard to believe that Madeleine was actually abducted. Was Madeleine murdered and were her parents covering it up? Now this theory is definitely the most popular and and what people seem to think the most truthful there is overwhelming evidence to back up this theory that Madeleine McCann was murdered and the abduction story is a cover up. There are many reasons people believe this such as the lack of evidence to prove that she was abducted, there’s no definitive evidence that proves Madeleine was kidnapped and that is why people doubt it and some of the parents actions before and after really raise suspicion.It is believed that Madeline was murdered inside her home as Portuguese police used two sniffer dogs and took them to various locations around the area but The two dogs, one trained to detect human blood, the other the smell of dead bodies, were taken to numerous locations, but only gave alerts inside the McCanns’ holiday apartment. The cadaver dog later gave another alert signal while inside the Renault Scenic hire car that the McCanns had rented 24 days after their daughter went missing. Madeleines DNA was found in the boot of their rented car. Also it is believed by many people that the McCanns disposed of her body which is backed up by this Irish family’s statement who were staying near the irish couple was confirmed to have seen a man carrying a 3–4 years old girl with blonde hair near the beach at Rue da Escola Primaria. at around 10pm. Electronic Facial Identification Technique was used from the smiths descriptions and the result was very similar to Mr. McCann’s face. Another reason why the public believed the parents were involved in was their lack of cooperation in the investigation When Portuguese police decided to archive the investigation due to the lack of cooperation of the McCanns and their holiday friends, they had the opportunity to appeal against the decision But they didn’t.>GET ANSWER Let’s block ads! (Why?)