Last week some group held a rally (I think it was sponsored by some black organization or the ACLU) in response to voter ID laws, and the kicker was that one of the prerequisites to get into the rally was to a) show and ID and b) have one on you at all times.
Talk about irony, stupidity or even mooting your own damn protest...
I'll repeat it again, social contract. Easy peasy.
A lot of elements within our criminal justice system stem from a desire by people to create a clear delineation between criminals and regular people. As if it were genetic differences or some other type of fundamental aspect to a person that makes them one or the other. It is a self-aggrandizing delusion that people tell themselves to invoke a false sense of moral superiority. That is why we rush to label someone convicted of a crime as a different class of person. That is why people yell about personal responsibility but ignore the malignancy of poverty and its effects on crime. It is an urge to create an other. Keep in mind, of course, that the vast majority of released felons without their right to vote are non-violent drug offenders. And are poor. And have dark skin. It's all about an other. Stripping people who have served their sentences of the right to fully engage in society just further keeps them as an other. That's all this is really about.
Please support that assertion with some kind of evidence. Otherwise, you're just proclaiming yourself an intellectual superior to people who have suffered a harsher life than you have. It's just self-aggrandizement.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.