Information about Clemency
In April of 2007, Florida took a significant step toward full democracy for ex-offenders seeking to have their right to vote restored. Governor Charlie Crist persuaded the state's Clemency Board to adopt new regulations. The new rules "automatically" restore the rights of ex-offenders who have committed non-violent crimes, have completed their sentences and probation, and paid victim restitution. Others must apply for clemency, which is decided by the governor and at least two members of his cabinet following an investigation of each case and a hearing before the Executive Clemency Board.
Clemency is essentially the state's restoration of one's basic civil rights including the right to vote, the right to serve on a jury, and the right to hold public office, among other rights that come with the restoration of civil rights. In addition, restoration of civil rights may allow you to be considered for certain types of employment licenses. These rights are suspended when a person is convicted of a felony.
If you meet all of the qualifications and you believe that you should indeed receive clemency, please contact the Florida Board of Executive Clemency (1-800-435-8286). They will have the most up-to-date information about your status.
Once you have checked with the Florida Board of Executive Clemency, if you discover that you have NOT received clemency (and you meet the qualifications for clemency), then please contact the ACLU Hotline at 1-877-U COUNT 2 (877-826-8682). They can assist you in the clemency process.
You may also fill out the clemency application form to apply for clemency with the Florida Board of Executive Clemency. That application is available here (PDF).
For more information on the clemency process please visit the webpage for the Florida Board of Executive Clemency by clicking here.
Below is the contact information for the Office of Executive Clemency and the ACLU Hotline. Anyone needing information on the restoration of civil rights process should contact them.
Former felons can call the hotline — 1-877-U-COUNT-2 or 877-826-8682 — from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Board of Executive Clemency
Toll Free: 1-800-435-8286
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