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EDITORIAL: Let ex-felons sit on juries

EDITORIAL: Let ex-felons sit on juries

If you've fully paid your debt to society, you should have your rights restored
EDITORIAL: Let ex-felons sit on juries
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Yes, the headline is correct.

But it doesn’t tell the whole story.

State lawmakers are considering a bill (A4760/S221A) to lift the state’s lifetime ban on felons serving on juries.

The legislation would allow only those who have fully completed their sentences — including any parole or probation — to serve on juries. That should include any financial restitution owed to families and the state.

A criminal sentence shouldn’t automatically result in a lifetime forfeiture of one’s rights. And restoring rights helps ease the transition back into society, protecting the public and helping make these individuals better citizens.

This isn’t going easy on criminals.

If someone is qualified to serve on a jury and has paid their debt to society, they should be allowed to serve.

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