In the Media

Prisoner voting rights

PUBLISHED November 22, 2012

Draft proposals to ensure that laws on prisoner voting comply with the UK's international legal obligations were outlined by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling today.

The draft Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill will be carefully examined by a Joint Committee of MPs and Peers from different political parties. It includes options to:

  • Maintain the current ban on all convicted prisoners voting
  • Allow prisoners sentenced to less than 6 months in prison to vote
  • Allow prisoners sentence to less than 4 years in prison to vote.

Read the Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Draft Bill