Director of the Prison Reform Trust Juliet Lyon asked whether it was wise for the Government to "flout international law" and ignore the European court's ruling on votes for prisoners.
Ms Lyon said:
People are sent to prison to lose their liberty not their identity.
A 19th-Century penalty of civic death makes no sense in a 21st-Century prison system whose focus is on rehabilitation, resettlement and the prevention of re-offending.
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