Oftentimes ,the journey from the jail cell back to society is riddled with challenges. Governor Steve Beshear says he wants to give convicted felons one less hardship.
The governor says voting shouldn't be denied for those who have paid their entire debt to society.
“It makes no sense because it dilutes the energy of democracy,” says Gov. Beshear, D-Kentucky.
Former Governor Ernie Fletcher required felons to write essays, round up recommendations, and pay fees. The result, according to the current administration, only 28% of convicted felons won back their right to vote. Even members of Fletcher's own party are now backing the Democratic governor's new policy.
“But I believe that we should restore the rights of people that paid their debts,” says Rep. Lonnie Napier, R-Lancaster.