Nebraska lawmakers are considering a measure this session to help felons re-enter society after prison. A legislative committee has advanced a bill that would restore voting rights to felons as soon as they complete their sentence, including prison time and parole. … Now, a bill prioritized by senator Justin Wayne of Omaha would restore voting rights to felons as soon as they complete their sentence, including prison time and parole. “People don’t get surprised and think ‘oh no, I lost my voting rights’. they know they were committing a felony, and they know there is penalties for committing a felony” Sheriff Kramer said.
“Just to get your voice heard is a big deal” James Mitchell, inmate at the Lincoln County Detention Center, said.
Supporters of the bill say it will encourage stability, eliminate isolation and help individuals successfully rejoin society.
“When we get out people kind of look down on us. We’re all just normal people. We all care about what happens in our country” Mitchell said.
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