Q&A: UK prisoners' right to vote

Image caption,
Only prisoners on remand can currently vote

The government is set to allow prisoners the vote but it wants the right limited to those sentenced to a year or less, rather than the four years previously considered.

The move comes seven years after the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled that banning convicted killer John Hirst from the polls had breached his right to participate in the democratic process.

BBC News looks at the background to the case and the issues surrounding prisoner voting.

Related Internet Links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.