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Daily Scripts

December 6th, 2017 by Mike Vasilinda

Friday, December 8, 2017

 Restoration of Rights Package

Edius 1

Anchor Lead

There’s a three pronged effort to restore felons rights happening in the state, with a proposal in front of the Constitutional Revision Commission, a ballot initiative gaining signatures and Legislation. As Jake Stofan tells us the newest proposal would give judges the power to restore felons rights.

Supers:

0:13-0:25 Representative Cord Byrd

(R) Jacksonville

0:33-0:38 Representative Cord Byrd

(R) Jacksonville

0:42-0:51 Jake Stofan

0:54-1:03 Barney Bishop

Florida Smart Justice Alliance

Runs: 1:31

Anchor Tag

1.5 million Floridians are unable to vote because of felony convictions.

Restoration of Rights Package Script

More than 22,000 felons are waiting to be granted clemency by the OEC or Office of Executive Clemency, but only a few hundred are processed each year. The average wait time is 9 years.

SOT Representative Cord Byrd

(R) Jacksonville

“They’ll never catch up. Putting more money into the OEC, to me, is not a solution. If we double, triple, quadruple staff, we’re still not going to get the numbers as everyday, more and more felons are leaving the system.”

New Legislation would give judges the authority to restore felons rights after the person serves their time and pays any outstanding fines.

SOT Representative Cord Byrd

(R) Jacksonville

“All we’re doing is asking the same court that sentences that person to be able to restore their rights.”

Under the proposal, felons would be allowed to have a judge review their case once a year.

Jake

“Justice advocates argue the courts are already backed up. Allowing judges to restore felons rights would add to the work load, potentially resulting in what we have now…a  backlog.”

There are also constitutional concerns.

SOT Barney Bishop

Florida Smart Justice Alliance

“The constitution doesn’t allow for that process. We have a process where the Cabinet does all the reviews for everybody that’s actually trying to get their rights restored.

There are efforts to change the constitution. The Constitutional Revision Commission is considering an amendment that would automatically restore non-violent felons’ right to vote after they serve their time. A similar amendment has collected more than 490,000 valid signatures with as many as 500,000 more yet to be validated. Only 766,200 signatures are required for the proposal to make it on the ballot.

 

 

Restoration of Rights LOOK LIVE

Edius 1

Anchor Lead

There’s a three pronged effort to restore felons rights happening in the state, with a proposal in front of the Constitutional Revision Commission, a ballot initiative gaining signatures and Legislation. As Jake Stofan tells us the newest proposal would give judges the power to restore felons rights.

Supers:

00:00 – 00:14 Jake Stofan

00:14 – 00:19 Representative Cord Byrd

(R) Jacksonville

00:28 – 00:38 Barney Bishop

Florida Smart Justice Alliance

00:38 – 00:45 Jake Stofan

Anchor Tag

1.5 million Floridians are unable to vote because of felony convictions.

Restoration of Rights LOOK LIVE Script

Jake

“More than 22,000 felons are waiting to be granted clemency by the state, the average wait time is 9 years. New Legislation would allow them to go to a judge to have their rights restored, with the intent of expediting the process.”

SOT Representative Cord Byrd

(R) Jacksonville

“All we’re doing is asking the same court that sentences that person to be able to restore their rights.”

Justice advocates argue the backed up court system is too busy as it is to deal with the enormous back log effectively. There are also constitutional concerns.

SOT Barney Bishop

Florida Smart Justice Alliance

“The constitution doesn’t allow for that process. We have a process where the Cabinet does all the reviews for everybody that’s actually trying to get their rights restored.

Jake

“Under the proposal, felons would be allowed to have a judge review their case once a year.”

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