We are really bad at fighting crime. The biggest problem is that we lock too many people up. We could stand to pay attention to some alternative strategies. Then there’s the issue of not letting convicted felons vote. That’s real smart:
According to a 2004 study, former prisoners who vote are half as likely to reoffend. If suffrage constitutes even a small nudge toward the straight and narrow, why shouldn’t we grant prisoners the right to vote?…America’s position on voting rights, particularly with regard to former criminals, is the most punitive of any developed nation.