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Thursday, December 12, 2013

The New Jim Crow: 1.5 Million Ex Felons still Shut out of Voting Process

As Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet convene at the Capitol this morning as Florida’s Clemency Board, hundreds of thousands of Floridians who completed their sentences for felony convictions are still prohibited from exercising their rights as U.S. citizens to vote under the state’s civil rights restoration scheme.An independent study indicates the number exceeds 1.5 million.

At Attorney General Pam Bondi’s urging, the governor and Cabinet unanimously adopted a policy requiring waiting periods of five and seven years after the completion of sentence before felons are eligible to apply, with no guarantee that such rights ultimately would be restored. read full story

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