U.S. Representative Kathy Castor speaking on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, about her belief that once a felon convicted of a non-violent crime finishes their sentence, they should get their voting rights back.
Tampa, FL -- U.S. Representative Kathy Castor says once a felon convicted of a non-violent crime finishes their sentence, they should get their voting rights back.
Castor, along with officials from the ACLU and the Hillsborough County chapter of the NAACP called on the governor to make the change at the Florida Clemency Board meeting in March.
"What is happening in Florida is unjust. It's unfair and it's not a productive policy," Castor told reporters on Monday.
She says in most states, civil rights are restored automatically once an offender's debt to society has been paid.
"It is simply harkening back to past civil war era of racial discrimination, and we're better than that in the state of Florida."
However a spokesperson for the governor did not sound like much would change, saying in a statement; "For those who are truly remorseful for how they have wrecked families and want to earn back their right to vote, Florida's Constitution also provides a process to have their rights restored."
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