Scott Huddleston - Express-News
That's why Steve Huerta visits jails, telling visitors the laws have changed.
“We don't want more people to necessarily vote Democrat or Republican. We want them to vote the way their heart tells them to vote,” Huerta said while handing out literature Saturday in the lobby of the Bexar County Detention Center.
“It allows them to actively participate in their own future,” said Huerta, executive director of the Texas chapter of All of Us or None, an advocacy group for people who are or have been incarcerated.
Sepeda thought her husband could never vote again. She was impressed that Huerta was meeting face-to-face with visitors in the jail.
“He's actually involved, and that shows a lot,” Sepeda said. “You hear of programs that say they help convicted felons. But it's really hard for them when they get out.”
After serving four months for drug possession, Huerta was released by a judge in December 2001. But his felony record disqualified him for low-cost housing and food stamps and forced him to work day labor to get by.
It's good for them and for the community, Huerta said.