Dundee council set to back prisoners having the right to vote

Proposals to give prisoners serving short-term sentences the right to vote in local and Scottish elections are set to be backed by the city council.

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Members of the community safety and public protection committee will be asked to approve the local authority’s response to a Scottish Government consultation on prisoner voting.

At present prisoners in the UK are banned from voting in any elections.

However, governments are now having to reconsider this following a European Court of Human Rights ruling that the ban infringes prisoners’ rights.

Dundee City Council’s official response to the consultation is that prisoners serving sentences of two years or less should be allowed to vote.

Paul Clancy, executive director of children and family services, will tell councillors on Monday: “The approach would strike a balance between the rehabilitation and reintegration of short-term prisoners.”