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No delay in clemency vote

by Dara Kam | March 7th, 2011

Attorney General Pam Bondi wants a vote on changes to the state’s limited automatic restoration of rights for felons although her proposed rules won’t be available until the day of the vote.

Bondi and the Florida Cabinet, acting as the board of executive clemency, are slated to vote on her proposed rule changes Wednesday at a special meeting of the board.

Bondi, elected in November, wants to do away with the current automatic restoration of rights, including the right to vote, for felons convicted of nonviolent crimes, impose a three-to-five year waiting period before they can apply to have their rights restored and add more crimes to the list barring felons from regaining their civil rights.

Bondi met with ACLU executive director Howard Simon and NAACP Florida VP Dale Landry last week. The civil rights advocates asked Bondi to hold off on the vote until the public could scrutinize her proposed rules and give their input.

Bondi’s staff said last week she plans to ask for a vote Wednesday and that the rules won’t be available until then.

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7 Responses to “No delay in clemency vote”

  1. Violet Scott Says:

    This is a return to Jim Crow and has nothing to do with protecting the public. It is racist and cynical

  2. MrB Says:

    You are absolutely correct Violet. There is nothing to be gained by creating a society that attaches labels to people and creates additional hardships upon those who have already paid their debt to society. The money this state spends to keep one-time, non-violent offenders from voting is money that should be spent on education, infrastructure, etc. I hope that everyone who is against this occurring will make their voices heard. And those who think this only affects one race or one party are wrong. This affects us all and we must put a stop to it.

  3. nemo Says:

    A convicted felon is a convicted felon. I know all the liberals wish it were not so…but it is.

  4. Patricia OConnor Says:

    So Nemo you think you have the authority to re-sentence someone after they have served their prescribed sentence. Punishing the “felon” twice is that the way it is.

    AG Bondi – I thought you repubs were against all the rules and regs and wanted to get rid of them … why is this different. Making the rules as you go along are you – do as we say not as we do Love the double standard.

  5. mike Says:

    So scott wants to keep non-violent offenders out of prison and bondi wants to take away ex-cons rights. Sounds like a win win for the liberal vote.

  6. floridian Says:

    Does anybody know exactly what they are taking a stance for or against? Restoration of civil rights means returning (1) the right to vote (hardly something to fear) (2)the right to bear arms (a whole separate and nearly impossible process in most cases-besides, REAL criminals care less if they can LEGALLY possess firearms) (3)the right to hold office (most of the people holding office are all but felons anyway) (4) the right to travel abroad (US will permit felons to receive a passport, but certain countries won’t permit entry). The restoration of these “rights” doesn’t seem particularly menacing to the public, so taking a hard line looks like nothing but gratuitous political manuvering and petty meaness. It certainly accomplishes no practical purpose that I can see and will just cost taxpayers money for time, manpower and paperwork to implement. Evidently, Pam Bondi doesn’t have anything else to do with her time or a better cause on which to take a stance. Pathetic.

  7. Jagfan Says:

    Get a clue folks. This is not about racism or having too much free time. Like everything else, it is about money. If you read the parole commission reports, you will see that they are on a tight budget and the electronic filing of these RCR requests has overwhelmed the staff. As the legislature is currently dealing with massive budget shortfalls, those of us who work and PAY taxes are not terribly concerned with a delay in restoring the rights of felons who have been living in one of our state run hotels(prison) for the last few months or years.

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