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Florida Rights Restoration Coalition group advocates for clemency reform at Capitol

Posted at 6:21 PM, Feb 18, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A Florida group advocating for clemency showed up at the Capitol in big numbers to campaign for the restoration of civil rights.

The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition aims to improve the lives of people impacted by the criminal justice system.

The group submitted a clemency reform proposal to Gov. Ron DeSantis and the full Clemency Board.

FRRC is looking to speed up the process for individuals seeking to have their civil rights restored, and those who already have their voting rights restored through Amendment 4.

The group's clemency reform highlights the following goals:

  • Review and approval without application for individuals who are registered to vote under Amendment 4,
  • Eliminate the requirement to produce more than one supporting document for civil rights restoration,
  • And reduce the need for hearings, reserving them for applicants with the most serious offenses.

Any rule changes to the clemency process will need to be implemented by the Governor and the full Clemency Board.

The next meeting of the board takes place in the cabinet room on April 8, 2020.