Please note that recidivism is a subsequent illegal act that results in re-arrest and/or incarceration after being released from house arrest, jail, prison, parole, and/or probation. According to a recent report by The Florida Parole Commission, “the overall three-year recidivism rate based on all released inmates” was 33..1, while the recidivism rate for released prisoners who were given their civil rights back and were allowed to vote stood at 11 percent (Frazier, 2011). In addition, Governor Scott's secretly implemented Executive Order, that took effect in March of 2011 to cancel automatic civil rights restoration, extends the reinstatement process for no less than five years and for as long as a lifetime without any guarantee of ever getting one's civil rights back. For example, see the links: http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/07/black-vote-felon-disenfranchisement-laws-florida and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/23/felon-disenfranchisement-laws-huffpost-live_n_1825236.html. It is subject to a lengthy review process which extends the sentence no less than 7 years in addition to the 270 days already served pursuant to the adjudication. Participation in the 2008 election after my civil rights were automatically restored by the 2007 law was not remotely impactful in the minds of state officials. In fact the Office of Executive Clemency and the Governor's Office are as inflexible as expected; even though evidence has been presented that identifies the negative effects of government support for group exclusion from social and political processes. As an example, strengths of the cognitive structural theories are that specific experiences channeled toward a particular result increase the chance of the exposed person reaching the proposed result faster and with higher skill proficiency (Argosy University, 2011; Jones 2011). Moreover, Florida is 1 of 13 states in the USA where non-violent offenders are subjected to a long unfriendly process that, more often than not, results in permanent loss of civil rights without ever committing another offense (ProCon.org, 2012).
Sign the petition if you and/or someone you know has been released from custody and not been granted automatic civil rights restoration or been informed that the civil rights that were granted based on the 2007 law were cancelled and you must wait five years or more from the date of your release before you can apply to the Office of Executive Clemency. As a result, one may NEVER re-establish one's civil rights due to the seven year backlog for processing requests, as well as the resultant alienation from non-acceptance amid non-participation, increases the chance of people committing subsequent crime(s).
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