Danny Trejo

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If an equal and democratic society took away basic democratic rights from its citizens, should the society even consider itself as democratic anymore? Within all democratic societies, all people are equal and have the right to be treated the same. So the notion of the Canadian government restricting prisoners’ voting rights seems arbitrarily unnecessary. By taking away a right that all citizens of Canada do and should have calls for outrage due to the violations inflicted on the Charter rights. Being Canadian, even as a prisoner, grants all those who are citizens basic rights and freedoms- one of which, is the right to vote. Referencing Section 3 of the Charter, “Every citizen of Canada has the right to vote in an election of members of the…show more content…
Take for example, Danny Trejo, an actor who has been in nearly 200 film productions from Anchorman to Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted to Spy Kids, who spent over a decade (12 years) robbing stores and indulging in drugs which landed him in jail numerous times. This was Danny in his earlier years but people most likely would have judged Danny as a worthless delinquent at the time. Or look at Larry Lawton, a man who was once at the top of the FBI’s most wanted list on the eastern seaboard. Larry was one of the most notorious jewel thieves until he was sentenced 12 years at a federal prison. After being in the presence of a friend’s suicide while in confinement, he decided to established his own program to help save at-risk youths from a life of crime and imprisonment. His efforts have even garnered him an “honorary police officer” designation by local police. There’s even been a case where an ex convict became one of Chicago’s most respected psychotherapists. With more work under his belt, he received a pardon from President George H.W. Bush in 1992. To this day, Paul Fauteck, the man who received the pardon, is still supporting rehabilitation programs to give prisoners a second chance at
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