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Citizen convicts: Prisoners, politics and the vote

Cormac Behan


Prisoner enfranchisement remains one of the few contested electoral issues in twenty first century democracies. It is at the intersection of punishment and representative government. This book is the first comprehensive study of prisoners and the franchise in any jurisdiction. In a democratic polity, the deliberate denial of the right to vote to any section of the population has very serious implications, both symbolic, in terms of devaluing citizenship, and practical, in terms of affecting electoral outcomes. Conversely, the extension of the franchise is similarly emblematic of a political sy ... More

Keywords: Penal Policy, Prisoners' Rights, Prisoner Enfranchisement, Penal History, Ireland

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780719088384
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719088384.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cormac Behan, author