Kentucky Joins Majority Of Country In Letting Felons Vote
Kentucky's governor has signed an executive order granting released felons the right to vote. Surprisingly, it's one of the last states to do so.By Eugene Daniels | November 24, 2015
"It makes no sense because it violates the principles of fairness, prolonging the punishment of convicted felons long after they've fulfilled the requirements of their sentences," Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said at a press conference.
With literally two weeks left in office, Beshear has issued an executive order giving voting rights to nonviolent offenders in the state.
The order only applies to nonviolent offenders that have been released from jail, have finished probation and parole and have paid all restitution. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, that covers about 170,000 people.