Having read the article in Sundays Centre Daily Times by Leonard Pitts Jr. ... It is widely believed by most that after committing a felony crime against society, one is arrested, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to punishment as a debt to society.
Nothing could be further from the truth. A debt may be paid off but a felony conviction stays with an ex-con to the cemetery and can never be paid off.
Once a prisoner is released from prison and his/her probation period is over, the scarlet label of ex-con needs to be voided and the citizen is entitled once again to civil and constitutional rights. His/her debt to society is paid-off.
Otherwise, he/she owes no state or federal taxes because taxation without representation is a fundamental doctrine in the United States. How do I know? Because I am an ex-con.
Duane R. Olson, State College