Florida Criminal Justice Reform is a project I am working on with the ACLU People Power program. More details to follow but basically this involves lobbying for changing some of the felony offense threshholds to higher levels such as writing a bad check from $100 to $1000. Florida has many felony offense threshholdss at much lower standards than most other states which results in more needless incarceration, fines, lost jobs, loss of voting rights, etc. We will also be advocating for restoration of voting rights in Florida for felons who have satisfied the terms of their sentence. Following are components/guidelines for this program. Currently, I am waiting to receive the date for the Volusia County hearing date for the Legislative Delegation Hearing.
- How to Effectively Communicate with your Legislator
- Legislative Delegation Hearing Schedule
- Policy Summary - Driving License Suspensions
- Policy Summary - Mandatory Minimums and Safety Valves
- Policy Summary - Pre-Arrest Diversion Program
- Policy Summary - Raising Monetary Thresholds for Property Crimes
- CCJR and Florida's Criminal Justice System
- CCJR's 2018 Priority Legislation
Recording of ACLU Criminal Justice Reform Webinar: https://www.zoom.us/recording/play/Gbd0-kN5vbN9C8gmQydWiOh8zVoB62BWtra_ayhi-ANfh9eA6Wl4jRPBf7iGWfRx
Next Steps - Action Items:
1. Attended Volusia County Legislative Session on November 3, 2017. Spoke on the 4 talking points outlined by ACLU.
2. Meet with Travis Hutson, Volusia County Senator for Florida Legislature on December 19, 2017 to review CCJR program recommendations.
3. Educate others on this issue.
4. Advocate for restoration of voter rights for felons who have satisfactorily completed their sentences through gathering signatures on petitions for restoration.