Massachusetts has adopted some new laws regarding criminal justice yesterday in a compromise bill that will hopefully pass the state House and Senate soon. Some of these changes include those that would affect children. For example, kids under 12 cannot be charged criminally and those under 21 may have their records expunged. These steps can help those convicted as children stay out of jail and secure future job positions without a criminal record. It also allows those convicted of crimes now legal (for example, possession of marijuana) to get their record expunged, which only makes sense, as is it unfair for those people to carry the burden of a criminal background for what most citizens can now do legally. Overall, these changes may be useful on a nationwide scale to make our systems more fair to younger people.
During the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign, he publicly stated that he believes prisoners should be given the right to vote. Sanders critics don't feel that convicted terrorists, sex offenders, and murderers should be able to vote from prison. One aspect of being in prison is that you lose rights and your freedom. Voting is a very significant right and has a huge impact on everyone. Should the right to vote only be given to the law-abiding citizens? Would giving an exception to convicted incarcerated people make sense?