|March 2, 2011
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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Attorney General Pam Bondi met today with Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU, and Dale Landry, president of the Tallahassee Branch NAACP, to discuss her proposal to make the clemency rules better reflect the rehabilitation of the felons as well as their commitment to living crime-free moving forward.
“I am glad to have had the opportunity to meet with Mr. Howard and Mr. Landry. While our opinions on the restoration of civil rights differ, I believe that constructive dialogue is an important part of the process to improve the restoration of civil rights rules.
“I believe both parties can agree that we would like to do what we can to ensure that occupational licensure is not tied to the restoration of civil rights. In my view, the clemency process is a poor substitute for ensuring public safety through a personalized, thorough vetting of an applicant by the appropriate licensing authority.”