Bernie Reveals Plans for America's 2.3 Million Prisoners
Sanders went so far as to voice support to giving the United States' 183,000 convicted murderers and 164,000 convicted rapists access to the ballot box.
“So, I believe people who commit crimes, they pay the price and they get out of jail, they certainly should have the right to vote,” Sanders said. “But, I believe even if they are in jail, they’re paying the price to society, but that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy.”
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), also running for the Democrat nomination for president, hinted that she would be open to such a plan, saying “I think we should have that conversation” when asked about allowing convicted criminals to vote from their cells.
Federal data concludes that noncitizens make up about 25 percent of the federal prison population.
Similarly, the Sanders plan would potentially allow anywhere between 14,250 and 19,000 citizens convicted of manslaughter to vote from their cells, as well as up to 154,000 convicted assailants.