5-1 Discussion: Make Your Case
5-1 Discussion: Make Your Case. Let’s follow the growing number of our states and cities and private companies who have decided to “Ban the Box” on job applications so that former prisoners who have done their time and are now trying to get straight with society have a decent shot in a job interview. And if folks have served their time and reentered society, they should be able to vote.
—President Barack Obama, in remarks to the NAACP
Take a position. Do you agree or disagree that certain rights should be restored to people who have fulfilled their sentences?
First, title your post either “Certain rights should be restored” or “Certain rights should not be restored.”
Then, make your case using the information gained in this module and the resources noted above. Consider some of the following questions:
- What are some “invisible punishments” placed on people convicted of crimes?
- Should any of these punishments be removed? All of them?
- Can these punishments be removed? If so, what would it take to remove them? If not, why?
- What impact do these punishments have on the offenders?
- If you have a philosophy of punishment, how do invisible punishments fit into your philosophy?
- Suppose you do not have a philosophy of punishment. How might invisible punishments relate to some of the philosophies or goals of punishment discussed in this course (deterrence, rehabilitation, retribution, incapacitation, and restitution)?
Be sure to build your case with factual resources.
In responding to your peers, consider how well they justified their positions using available resources. Consider the following questions in your response posts:
- Did they support their positions convincingly with appropriate resources?
- Which of their points makes the most sense, even if you made a case for an opposing viewpoint?
Remarks by the President at the NAACP Conference. (2015, July 14). Retrieved from https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2015/07/14/remarks-president-naacp-conference