In Florida, A Felony Conviction is Forever When It Comes to Voting

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Number of felons who have completed their sentences or been paroled and had their voting rights restored in Florida under Gov. Rick Scott (R/Tea) in 2011. By contrast, in 2007 when Charlie Crist (R/NPA) was governor, 38,871 former felons were allowed to vote again. The Florida Parole Commission has a current backlog of 21,197 applications even as a study by FPC showed that ex-felons whose civil rights are restored are less likely to re-offend.

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  1. Peter Schorsch September 23, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

    Hey Trish — do you have a source for this stat? I am going to list you all, but I would love to see the original source.

  2. Trish Ponder September 23, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

    Peter, I was using an article in the Sept. 18 – 24 issue of Jacksonville’s Folio Weekly, which quotes FSU professor Mark Schlakman, senior program director at the FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights. Here’s the full article: http://www.folioweekly.com/folio0918wkl007.php

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