Regarding the Restoration of Civil Rights (RCR) process and the passage of Amendment Four:
For those offenders covered by the amendment, only the right to vote, not the right to sit on a jury or the right to hold public office, is contemplated by the amendment. Restoration of the right to sit on a jury and to hold public office can only be obtained through application to the Board of Executive Clemency.
As to those offenders not covered by the amendment, namely those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense or those who have not completed all terms of their sentence, the restoration of the right to vote, to sit on a jury, and to hold public office can only be obtained through application to the Board of Executive Clemency.
When an application for any form of clemency is received in the Office of Executive Clemency, it is screened for eligibility regarding the required time frames for the various offenses and the accompanying required certified court documents are reviewed.
If applicant is found eligible, the application is forwarded to the investigative phase of the process in the Office of Clemency Investigations. Cases are then assigned to examiners in the field offices on a first-in, first-out basis.
If the Office of Executive Clemency determines that an application does not meet the requirements, the applicant is advised of the disqualifying issues and guidance provided as to the next step. After the investigation and the report is prepared, the eligible application is forwarded to the Clemency Board for a decision.
If granted, the applicant is mailed a certificate of Restoration of Civil Rights.
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For more information on the eligibility criteria for each form of clemency (Rule 5.) read the "Rules of Executive Clemency."
Toll Free: 1-800-435-8286
Phone: (850) 488-2952
Fax: (850) 488-0695
The Office of Executive Clemency
Florida Commission on Offender Review
4070 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2450