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Legislators Discuss Restoring A Felon’s Rights

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YAZOO CITY, Miss.–Vito Kyles may get his voting rights back. At least it’s being considered by the state Senate Judiciary Committee. Kyles’ case was one of several individual cases considered Monday.

“He paid his dues to society and we need to restore his rights,” said state Sen. Joseph Thomas , a Democrat from Yazoo City.
While the legislature has tossed around and rejected ideas for mass restoration for the voting rights of non-violent felons, the committee considered those individual cases on their individual merits.
“He came back and started to work for his father in the glass business,” said Thomas, noting that Kyles got out of prison in 1997 and was cleared of probation in 2000, putting 24 years between now and his last interaction with the prison system. His case was considered and a bill passed last year by the same committee, only to have it remain unconsidered on the Senate floor.