Pardon Blocked For Florida Felons’ Rights Leader Desmond Meade

September 24, 2020, 8:56 am

DeSantis and Patronis on Wednesday blocked Meade’s request for a pardon, with DeSantis saying the panel should take the issue “under advisement” until it can gather more information. Fried supported granting the pardon, while Moody recused herself.

Meade, executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, has achieved international acclaim as an advocate for Amendment 4, a constitutional amendment that restored voting rights to felons “upon completion of all terms of sentence including probation and parole.” Nearly two-thirds of Florida voters approved the amendment in 2018.

The state’s labyrinthine and years-long clemency process prompted Meade and other advocates to initiate the constitutional amendment, which enabled Meade to cast a ballot in last month’s primary elections.

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