Prisoners, Politics and the Polls Enfranchisement and the Burden of Responsibility

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Title: Prisoners, Politics and the Polls Enfranchisement and the Burden of Responsibility
Authors: Behan, Cormac
O'Donnell, Ian
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Date: 5-Mar-2008
Abstract: In 2006, the Irish Government introduced legislation to allow prisoners to vote. Drawing on international developments in jurisprudence and criminal justice, this article examines the background to, and wider significance of, this change in the law. A lack of political and media opposition ensured the relatively unnoticed passage of this reform through Parliament. Prisoners had their first opportunity to exercise the franchise in 2007. While the number who registered was small, the turnout was relatively high. The seemingly benign desire to restore a measure of civic engagement to prisoners may conceal a narrow desire to see them lead law-abiding and 'responsible' lives rather than encouraging them to engage in a process of personal transformation or become reflective agents for change.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Journal: British Journal of Criminology
Volume: 48
Issue: 3
Start page: 319
End page: 336
Copyright (published version): 2008 the Author
Keywords: PrisonersVoting rightsEnfranchisement
DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azn004
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Law Research Collection

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