NAACP Florida State Conference Calls on Florida Cabinet to Rescind Appeal of Judge Ruling and Support Automatic Restoration of Rights for Felons Who Have Served Their Time
“We call on the Governor and Florida Cabinet to rescind its appeal of U.S. District Judge Mark Walker’s ruling urging the state to change its flawed process for restoring rights to felons. The appeal shows the Governor and Florida Cabinet are tone deaf. Although Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam has come out today supporting an easier process for non-violent felons, we must go even further. The NAACP believes after you have served your time, your rights should be automatically restored. Congressman and former Governor Crist had the right approach of a streamlined process with automatic restoration of rights without an application and hearing. The continued posturing by our state officials shows the importance of Floridians supporting Amendment 4 this fall, changing the state constitution restoring the rights of most felons excluding murderers and sex offenders. The NAACP supports automatic restoration of rights and ending racial disparities at all levels of the criminal justice system,” says Adora Obi Nweze, President of NAACP Florida State Conference and member of the National Board of Directors.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. In 1941, the NAACP Florida State Conference was formed as the 1st State Conference in the nation.