Anyone wondering what I'm talking about start here:
The Psychology of Persuasion
The justification for denying felons their rights, these days, is the high rate of recidivism. But it has been proven over and over again than we can cut our recidivism down to a tiny fraction of what it is, if we focus on two things and two things only:
1. Can this person be rehabilitated?
2. If not, how do we keep the public safe?
Right now, our justice system is focused on vengeance, and it completely forgets to deal with how do we make people safer.
As another example of this stupid system at work, we shouldn't need a sex offense registry, because true rape and pedophilic criminals should never be released. The guy who streaked at a college football game shouldn't be charged with a sex crime. Voila, no need for a sex offense registry.
Lkewise, we shouldn't need to ban violent felons from doing anything, because they should either be rehab'ed or they should never be released. Voila, no more need to talk about their rights. They're either in prison or they're free.
The discussion we're having right now is a discussion about how we should work around a bad system. How about fixing the system instead?
Privileges are earned and/or bestowed.
If you notice something good in yourself, give credit to God, not to yourself, but be certain the evil you commit is always your own and yours to acknowledge.
You'd have to probably triple the budget for corrections and incarcerate far more people for life then you and others are willing to pay for; its a nice utopian dream to believe those who shouldn't have their rights restored should just forever remain incarcerated but its just not the reality.
Years ago CA's supreme court abolished the death penalthy and in about 10 years death row inmates were showing up for parole hearings and getting paroled. The people restored the death penalty and while it rarely happens those sentenced to it never come up for parole - at least.
There are already 5-10 posts on this thread about "what" the system should be - I suppose by many that don't want to admit rights should not be restored to violent felons who are released.
"What difference" "does it make?"
It's not a utopian dream. It is the practice of many different countries for decades with quite a bit of success. America, once again, is behind the curve, and therefore maintains the highest prison population in the developed world. And we spend more to maintain it than we do on education.