Imprisoned felons just acquired a little bit more freedom. Governor Jerry Brown has signed new legislation allowing those serving sentences in California county jails to cast votes in elections. According to the signed policy, this will apparently allow thousands of prisoners to transition back into society while still serving time for their crimes.
The new law will grant ex-prisoners on probation or being kept under community supervision the chance to vote as well. The law will go into effect January 1, 2017, post-presidential election this November between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
“It is very disappointing that felons still serving their sentences behind bars will now be able to vote since Governor Brown failed to veto this really bad bill,” said Sen. Patricia Bates in a statement criticizing the passed bill.
On the other side of the aisle, senior vice president of The California Endowment health foundation Daniel Zingale says “mass disenfranchisement for minor offenses is a tragic legacy of the Jim Crow era that disproportionately affects and diminishes the power of communities of color.”
Similarly, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe has recently passed legislation restoring voting rights to 13,000 felons.
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