A discouraging stat of the day

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Under Governor Rick Scott, just 78 Floridians convicted of a felony who completed their sentences or were paroled had their voting rights restored in 2011.

By contrast, in 2007 when Charlie Crist was governor, 38,871 former felons were allowed to vote again.

The Florida Parole Commission has a current backlog of 21,197 applications even as a study by FPC showed that ex-felons whose civil rights are restored are less likely to re-offend.

Via Trish Ponder of the Pensito Review.

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