A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

Florida clemency board restores voting rights to non-violent parolees

[JURIST] The Florida Board of Executive Clemency [official website] on Thursday voted 3-1 to change the Rules of Executive Clemency [PDF text] so that non-violent felons will automatically have their civil rights restored upon release from prison, and released violent offenders can have theirs restored after a board hearing or other type of review. The changes take effect immediately. Board member and Governor Charlie Christ [official website] made clemency for felons part of his campaign platform [Herald Tribune review] during the 2006 elections and called a special board meeting [Miami Herald report] on Monday to present the rule changes. State procedures for restoring voting rights to Florida felons after release have been discussed and debated [JURIST report] for several years now.

In December, California restored voting rights to felons [JURIST report] after a state appeals court found the prohibition unconstitutional. AP has more.

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.