The Florida Roundup

Fridays at 1PM on 89.9FM

WJCT’s Melissa Ross and WLRN Miami’s Tom Hudson co-host this new statewide call-in radio news show. Callers will engage with journalists and newsmakers statewide to discuss the issues making an impact on Florida.

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    Denying civil rights – e.g., voting – in Florida is a racist effort enacted after the U.S. Civil War as a barrier to voting by newly freed Afro-American slaves. It is a clearly vindictive, counter-productive, archaic process that is an embarrassment to our state and its people. It did not then and does not now have anything to do with reducing crime or making our communities safer. It is the same racist effort today as a century ago. We are one of the very few states that deny civil rights to felons who have completed their sentences.

    Many years ago I worked for the Department of Corrections in another state and was on the team who instituted a new community corrections program. We established and operated a pre-release center where we worked with inmates in a community setting near their original home for 90-180 days before they went on parole or completed their sentences in some other manner. On the check list for every inmate before leaving our center was, for instance, a current driver’s license and registering to vote in the community to which they would be returning. We wanted our inmates to succeed and to be productive members of our communities once they returned to open society. Florida apparently wants inmates to fail once they complete their sentences by placing every barrier possible in their way. Florida apparently believes that every felony conviction comes with a lifetime penalty – removal of civil rights and exclusion from many occupations and licenses – crippling the individual for life despite the fact he/she completed his/her sentence. Clearly Florida has thrown out the tradition of equal justice. Very sad.