Posted by: birdsongslaw | July 29, 2008

Florida Disenfranchisement Update

From:                              The Sentencing Project []

Sent:                               Thursday, July 24, 2008 5:55 PM

To:                                   Birdsong, Leonard E.

Subject:                          Disenfranchisement: News/Updates







July 24, 2008

Disenfranchisement: News/Updates



Florida: Make a “Simple Fix”



“Don’t make convicts pay for their sins again,” reads an Orlando Sentinel editorial in support of complete civil rights restoration. The editorial board urges Gov. Charlie Crist and the Executive Clemency Board to make a “simple fix” to modify current law that keeps many individuals with felony offenses from voting or applying for occupational or business licenses because they owe restitution. The Orlando Sentinel argues that voting rights should be restored automatically upon completion of sentence and job eligibility should be determined by the oversight agencies of the specific occupations. “It’s important that they be given every reasonable opportunity to make the transition back to society as smoothly as possible,” the editorial states. “Finding a job is critical. So why is Florida making that process more challenging?”







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