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McCollum wants more clemency staff



Attorney General Bill McCollum proposed today adding 10 staffers to the Parole Commission to decrease the backlog before the Executive Clemency Board. The extra staff, to come from current Cabinet divisions, would serve for one year and the frequency of clemency meetings would increase.

"At the end of that time, I believe that you would have nobody who applied for civil rights restoration, with or without a hearing, that would have to wait longer than a year for that application to be resolved," McCollum said.

His position is at odds with the direction Gov. Charlie Crist is headed. Crist has said he may issue an executive order single-handedly restoring civil rights to felons who have completed their sentences. McCollum said the "vast majority" of cases are resolved without hearings but he does not favor expanding the type of cases that are waived through. He said he would add child predators to the list requiring a hearing.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:32pm]


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