Originally Posted by MisterMcCool
People whose public existence imminently jeopardizes the welfare of others should be institutionalized. FORMER convicts who have paid their debts and served their time should be released as free men with all rights restored.
This is the only issue I have... "paid their debt"
I, for some reason, cannot fathom some scumbag getting to plea to a lesser charge and getting a lesser sentence for murder (specifically murder, not manslaughter).
If you kill someone during a criminal act (or cause their death during a criminal act), plan to kill someone, or kill someone with depraved indifference - you should not get to plea to a lesser charge. And anything less than forfeiting your freedom for the rest of your life is not - IMO - "paying your debt".
However, if the act is not violent in any way (blackmail, non destructive vadalism - like spray painting stuff, shoplifting, just to name a few) then I have no problem restorign ALL rights. But, should any 1 specific right be denied because of a criminal record - then ALL rights should be denied.