Photo Cutline: Lillian Lockette, President of LCDBC
BY LOUIS C. WARD
LEESBURG - If qualified, individuals can have their criminal records expunged or sealed, ex-felons can begin the process for clemency and restoration of their civil rights, and petitions for the restoration of civil rights initiative to be on the ballot in 2018 can be signed, in addition to speakers and referrals for services from appropriate agencies are all agenda items for the Restoration of Civil Rights (RCR) Program Saturday, April 29th, 2017 from 10 am to 2 pm at St. Paul’s AME Church on Lake Street in Leesburg, Florida.
Sponsored by the Lake County Democratic Caucus, the program is part of a statewide push to help ex- felons, who have completed their incarceration, supervision and paid restitution to the state, become productive individuals in society.
“With Florida being one of three state’s that does not give ex-felon’s their civil rights back immediately after they have completed their sentence time, there is a large contingent of ex-felons who will need the services provided by our program,” said Lillian Lockette, President of LCDBC.
“These people are being oppressed and discriminated against, even after they have completed their incarceration and paid their restitution to the state, and that’s unfair,” President Lockette emphasized. “LCDBC is diligently working to get the required number of petitions to get the RCR initiative on the ballot in 2018.”
When Rick Scott was elected Governor in 2010, he immediately rescinded the law to return civil rights to ex-felon’s after time served. Now, ex-felon’s must wait at least five years after their release before they can apply for clemency. 700,000 signed petitions are required to get the RCR initiative on the ballot for 2018.
For more information, please call 352-552-7540.