Should Texas allow incarcerated felons to vote?

I’m trying to learn for my History class and I’m stuck. Can you help?

I need 250 words for this topic “Should Texas allow incarcerated felons to vote?”

and 100 words a replay to one of my classmates.

this is the topic that I need a replay for:

This is a very tough question that I’ve never thought of before. Many incarcerated felons have been wrongfully convicted so those specific individuals I think should be allowed to vote, but of course, there’s no right way to do that. Felonies at common law were defined to only cover these 9 crimes: homicide, arson, robbery, rape, maiming, wounding, burglary, larceny, mayhem, prison escape, and sodomy. These are mostly violent crimes that are also all malum in these crimes. So it makes sense that these crimes carry a harsh penalty and that people who can’t be expected to follow the moral mandates of living in a society shouldn’t have a say in defining the laws. And traditionally, these crimes carried a mandatory penalty of death. But with the rise of crimes that aren’t inherently morally wrong, but just made illegal for policy/regulatory reasons, and the idea that someone convicted of a felony could someday reenter society, it no longer makes as much policy sense. So, you could say I’m torn. However, when someone is incarcerated, they are incredibly easy to manipulate, which gives wardens inappropriate political power which creates serious issues of corruption and abuse. Removing the right of incarcerated people to vote makes sense, but keeping it removed after incarceration has ended is wrong. But, a person that has already demonstrated incredibly poor judgement, I believe is deemed unfit to choose what is best for other people. Thus, if I had to decide, I would go with not allowing them to vote.

Here is Participation Topic #2: Should Texas allow incarcerated felons to vote?

Two states (Maine and Vermont) allow incarcerated felons to vote while in prison. Should Texas join them?

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