Saturday, April 9, 2011

Florida: 100,000 Request Backlog!

The Palm Beach Post has some intriguing coverage of the story of one Desmond Meade, a law school student at the Florida International University who was homeless just five or six years ago. Although he was once convicted of aggravated battery and possession of a firearm, Meade is now president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, a group which aims to have the State's Board of Executive Clemency "simplify" (and speed up) the application process. The group estimates a current backlog of 100,000 applications!

The Board consists of Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and has recently changed the rules so that felons convicted of nonviolent crimes must wait five years before applying for clemency. Those who have committed violent crimes must wait seven years and those seeking restoration of gun rights must wait eight years. Pardon applicants must now wait an entire decade! See story here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The State of Florida Dept of Parole and Pardons is a joke. I filed my application in Dec 2007. Got a reply from the Dept of Parole and Pardons on May 2nd 2011 that the application is being returned do to a missing court paper. They then went on to explain where the Document was located at and the document #. I was told to get this document and to refile my application again. This is just stupid. All they had to do is call the Court House Clerk and have them send them a certificated copy direct to them. So I waited 20 years to submit a application for a full pardon. Then I wait another 3 or so years for the application to be looked at and mailed back. Here is the deal Florida. Your Pardon and Parole process sucks! I could care less now. Good luck to you all in the State of Florida. You got a mess on your hands.

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