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Crist's felons' rights plan under fire

Gov. Charlie Crist appears to have negotiated a compromise on how to automatically restore felons voting that appeases at least two of his three fellow Cabinet members who serve on the clemency board but civil rights groups are warning that his plan contains a fatal flaw. The governor's plan requires that felons pay their court-ordered restitution before their rights are restored, not after. More here.

The ACLU of Florida is urging civil rights advocates across the state to appeal to the Cabinet allow felons who have been locked out of employment because of their felony records to be allowed to pay their court-ordered financial debts after their rights are restored. Here is a copy of the Emergency Alert: Download aclu_emergency_action_alert.doc