Voting Rights for Prisoners report 2/07
In Aug 2004 Federal Parliament restricted the right to vote in Federal elections to those serving sentences of three years or less.
Now the coalition has barred all prisoners from voting in federal elections with the introduction in late 2006 of the Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Electoral Integrity and Other Measures) Act.
There is no evidence that disenfranchising prisoners deters crime or assists in rehabilitation. It is more likely to increase alienation and disengagement from mainstream society and any sense of civic responsibility.