Voting Rights for Felons on Kentucky Tonight

Monday, December 5th, 2011

WinterPledge finished up last night and everyone here at KET wants to say THANKS to all of you who called or went online to tell us you appreciate our programs and want to see them continue; it was our opportunity to step out of our regular programs and thank you for the support you’ve given us over the years.

Tonight, Monday, December 5th, Kentucky Tonight returns to its regular time slot at 8/7 pm CT. We’re tackling the tough subject of restoration of voting rights for convicted felons. This is Representative Jesse Crenshaw’s House legislation, which has passed the Kentucky House of Representatives several times, but failed in the Senate. Kentucky and Virginia have the distinction of placing tighter restrictions on voting than most other states; 48 states have some level of restriction, but if those are met, allow felon’s to vote in elections.

Our guests tonight are:

  • Ed Monahan, Kentucky Public Advocate
  • Dave Stengel, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Jefferson County
  • John Roach, a Lexington lawyer and former counsel to Governor Ernie Fletcher
  • Allen Trimble, Commonwealth’s Attorney for McCreary and Whitely Counties

Let us know how you feel by calling, emailing, or sending us a Tweet during the show! Send questions to kytonight@ket.org (please include name and town or county) or use the message form at the Kentucky Tonight website. For questions during the program, call (800) 494-7605.

One Response to “Voting Rights for Felons on Kentucky Tonight”

  1. Lisa Taylor says:

    Found your show tonight very interesting. In my opinion it is very easy for felons to regain their voting rights. Their probation officer will assist them in doing so. Non-felons must register to vote, so I see no reason why the felon shouldn’t be required to show some incentive if they want this right. Don’t just hand them this right back, make them reach out and try to help themselves. Then continue to make it easy for them. I am interested in finding out more about this expungement process, partial pardons. Like Dave Stengel pointed out tonight: some nursing students go through school to the end to find out they can’t take the state boards. What kind of bills are up for vote about this/ Where can I follow this matter more closely? I feel that nonviolent felons should have easier methods of gaining expungement from the governor. Felons have to live, eat, buy clothing and pay rent once they serve their time. They are human beings, Gods creatures, and deserve to be able to redeem themselves in society.

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