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AG Pam Bondi's proposal to change clemency rules to be discussed at March 9 Cabinet meeting



tp_311755_dean_bondi_2.jpgAttorney General Pam Bondi says it is too easy for felons to regain their civil rights in Florida and wants new restrictions including a waiting period of up to five years before they can seek clemency.

"I don't believe that any felon should have an automatic restoration of rights," said Bondi, a former Tampa prosecutor elected in November. "I believe you should have to ask, and there should be an appropriate waiting period."

Bondi's proposal, set to be formally discussed at a March 9 Cabinet meeting, would reverse a major change that took place in April 2007 at the urging of former Gov. Charlie Crist, who said the civil rights restoration process in Florida was too cumbersome and cruel to many ex-offenders. Read more here.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 24, 2011 8:43pm]


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