On September 2, 2009, the New York Times published an outstanding editorial concerning the Federal Government’s treatment of Civil Rights- Reviving Civil Rights. Detailing the lapses in Civil Rights enforcement under President Bush and the setbacks the administration had created for equal rights and opportunity, it goes on to describe the current need for an overhaul in the US regarding Civil Rights.
While we have come a long way as a country since the 1960’s Civil Rights movement, there is a persistent and nagging need to overhaul some of these laws to address new problems in our society. One such problem is vote suppression and irregularities, and the need to update the rights of prisoners as more and more individuals are incarcerated for an ever expanding list of criminal charges.
Check out the article and the recommendations, and let us know what you think about them. Are these changes necessary to protect individuals in our society? Or are we adding bloat to bills that already offer protections?