Anyone who believes that criminals are a drain on society and taxpayer money will do well to read this op-ed. And anyone who believes that all criminals are treated equally well or badly had better study this comparison between those who can afford court costs and those who can't. The former win back their voting rights more quickly, for example—yet another instance of our electoral system favoring the wealthy over the poor. The details are hair-raising.
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Marta Steele is an author/editor/blogger who has been writing for Opednews.com since 2006. She is also author of the 2012 book "Grassroots, Geeks, Pros, and Pols: The Election Integrity Movement's Nonstop Battle to Win Back the People's Vote, (more...)