Currently the European Court of Human Rights has decreed that the UK is in breach of the Human Rights convention by denying people who have been incarcerated the right to vote (you can learn more here). The debate is raging. The coalition government is clear that prisoners, by virtue of their actions, have lost their right to participate in civil society for the period of their imprisonment. Alternatively some believe that part of the rehabilitation process should be teaching prisoners about civil duty. That this will reinforce a connection with the wider community and reduce recidivism rates.
What do you think? Should people in jail / prison still have the right to participate in elections? Is voting a human right, inviolate whatever the circumstances? Or is it a civil right? One that can denied to those who act contrary to the laws and conventions of society?