Crime and Punishment in America

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Should convicted offenders under parole supervison enjoy the same consititutional rights as law-abiding citizens?

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For the most part, and this is an entirely subjective question, convicted offenders should enjoy the same constitutional rights as the rest of the citizenry. The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States, represents what should be universal standards by which levels of freedom in different countries are judged. Freedoms of speech and assembly, freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into one’s privacy, and the right to avoid self-incrimination are all rights that should be afforded convicted offenders under parole.

While the Bill of Rights represents universal standards of freedom, not all of the rights contained therein should be applied to paroled convicts, especially if one accepts a widely (but not universally by any means) accepted interpretation of the Second Amendment to the Constitution as allowing for the possession of firearms by citizens of the United States. Most people would view with considerable cynicism the notion that...

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