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Va. Gov to Felons: Write Essay to Have Rights Restored

Va. Gov to Felons: Write Essay to Have Rights Restored

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Associated Press

April 13, 2010

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Prisoners in Virginia who want to vote again and have other civil rights restored will have to write to Gov. Bob McDonnell explaining why.

A draft proposal by McDonnell’s administration would compel felons who want their rights back to tell the governor in writing about their crime, their rehabilitation and how they’ve contributed to society since doing their time.

The American Civil Liberties Union accused the Republican governor Monday of reinstituting the literacy test on convicts, many of them with limited learning.

In Virginia, only the governor can restore felons’ rights.

Legislative efforts to give felons other ways to regain their rights have repeatedly failed.


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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    42236 Comments

    In 2010 the distinctions between republican and democrat are blurred at best. Quite frankly it doesn't matter. All politicians care about these days are careers and agendas. What ever happened to uphold and defend the Constitution. I know LEOs vows all across America include those very words. Aren't Governor's, Legislators, Judges, and Presidents sworn to do the same. Doesn't seem so in this case!!!

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    Whalewatcher

    over 4 years ago

    11194 Comments

    Don't like the subliminal message here to the convicts from the guv: Send me a nice "I'm sorry" letter, and you can have back the same rights as the law-abiding population who haven't broken the law.

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    luke3302

    over 4 years ago

    928 Comments

    I like the idea. THis is not a leftist Governer. It states in the article that it is a republican Gov. and the ACLU has problems with it. The fact that the ACLU has a problem with it is enough by itself fo me to think it might be a good idea. I do think the felons should have to finish their prison term before they have any rights returned.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    I hope the gov scans some of the letters and post them online. I need a good read.

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    OFFICER_K_CPD

    over 4 years ago

    2296 Comments

    LOL sweet idea.

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    tstanfill63

    over 4 years ago

    1508 Comments

    O'h my god can you imagine how hard they will be laughing when reading some of those letters.

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    42236 Comments

    This legislative effort needs to fail as well. People in prisons are in there for a reason. They have committed crimes. They are being PUNISHED and have LOST their rights because of their BEHAVIOR. If the Governor's intent is to actually restore rights to convicted felons, Virginia has a whopper of a problem. This leftist governor is a threat not only to VA, but all the US as well. What if the other 49 Governors start toying with this crap?? Think about it!!!

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    CadetAK

    over 4 years ago

    3416 Comments

    LOL @ Alex11991

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    clobster

    over 4 years ago

    1552 Comments

    Hopefully this will encourage inmates to become literate, but I have my doubts. Still, learning to read and write are essential for getting inmates on the right track once they're out of prison.

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    HeadShot

    over 4 years ago

    736 Comments

    I love that the ACLU believes it wrong to encourage people to learn how to read and write. Let's just keep them uneducated and ignorant....that'll make them more willing to become law abiding citizens. The ACLU is the largest group of idiots in our society..next to the majority of politicians.

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    Badazz_Rebel_Cop1123

    over 4 years ago

    826 Comments

    They shouldnt have rights to vote due to their stupidity and the place they are at!

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    alex11991

    over 4 years ago

    1978 Comments

    Maybe the governor needs some amusement in office?

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    Baxter2

    over 4 years ago

    1846 Comments

    How about just saying that once you are convicted of a felony and lose those rights, then they're gone for good. That's part of the consequences of being a convicted felon.

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    rhood

    over 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    I have no problem with this approach. If they can't read or write, then they need to learn in order to function in society. They could have learned while in prison in stead of lifting weights or sitting on their backsides.

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    bulldogdt20012001

    over 4 years ago

    206 Comments

    I think a little education would be good for them. What else do they have to do in prison.

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