The right to vote might be seen to be a human right by the European Court of Human Rights, but giving the right to vote to prisoners is proving to be a controversial issue.
Those who have been victims of crime, like Theresa Cave whose son Chris was stabbed to death, do not believe that prisoners have the right to make their voice heard.
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One of the world's biggest ever birthday parties is being held in the North East this weekend.
The National Trust invites everyone to celebrate the great British coast with their Big Beach Picnic, with three events in the North East.