Arne Peltz, a lawyer defending Canada’s inmates in the 2002 supreme court case on the matter, said, “There will be a little more dignity in prison and I think over time that will help reduce crime over the long term.”
“The right to vote is not enjoyed equally by all Australians”. Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. October 2007 – HREOC believes that enfranchisement is a powerful and positive tool to assist with social reintegration and rehabilitation of prisoners. Giving prisoners the right to vote would be consistent with Australia’s obligation to ensure that:
The penitentiary system shall comprise treatment of prisoners the essential aim of which shall be their reformation and social rehabilitation.