It doesn"t seem to me that we really talkiing about punishment, but what happens AFTER the CONVICTED FELON gets out of prison and what should be the further consequences! IMHO a felony is a felony. Many, many of these are pleaded down to misdemeanors. If someone has been convicted of a felony....sorry, no weapons, no voting again and no civil rights. I know the argument about being very young when it happened and they have turned their life around, but that doesn't really wash for me. There are lots of cases when this happens that in later years, the person petitions and get their felony reduced, probably deserved too. It's really not too hard to be a good citizen and contribute to society!!!