Abril 22, 2015
La Conferencia Católica de Minnesota, de la que soy presidente, ha sido orgullosa de desempeñar un papel destacado en la restauración la coalición voto. Creemos dando a aquellos que han ofendido la oportunidad de participar en importantes decisiones que afectan a su comunidad le 1) ayudar a renovar la vida de aquellos que han ofendido; 2) reducir la reincidencia; 3) fomentar la participación política de las minorías afectadas desproporcionadamente por el actual sistema de justicia penal; y 4) conservación de los recursos públicos.
Solidarity with crime victims requires us to insist that those who have committed crimes be held responsible and pay their debt to society. But ensuring the well-being of our communities also means working for the reintegration of offenders, que a menudo son desterrados a los márgenes de la sociedad. We should seek responses to crime that do not simply punish, but also rehabilitate, heal, and restore. En otras palabras, does disenfranchising felons-after the justice system has concluded that they should be living and working in the community and rebuilding their lives-serve any positive criminal justice purpose, or is it merely punishment for punishment’s sake?
There is no doubt that offenders already face a significant amount of collateral consequences once they leave prison or jail. A menudo, they have difficulties finding housing or employment. We have heard from countless offenders that the hardest thing they have done is come out of prison and rebuild their lives. En muchos casos,, they are being nudged back and forth between what they know-a life of crime and substance addiction-and what they must re-learn: staying sober and responsible, which is often very difficult because of a lack of support.