Last updated on: 2/2/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Charlie Crist, Jr., JD Biography

Title:
Former Governor (R) of Florida
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
Reasoning:

“Like Florida, many Southern states struggling through the Jim Crow era resisted calls to change their laws denying the restoration of civil rights. Since then, all but five of these states have realized the historical underpinning for denying the restoration of civil rights and repealed these unjust laws.

Some who favor the current system argue that restoring civil rights is somehow ‘weak on crime,’ as if restoring the right to vote, to serve on a jury or to work lessens the punishment or encourages a person to commit new crimes.

In fact, the opposite should be true. Giving a person a meaningful way to re-enter society, make a living and participate in our democracy will incentivize good behavior.”

“Wednesday My View: Florida Must Begin Automatic Restoration of Ex-offender Rights,” Tallahassee.com, Apr. 3, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Governor, State of Florida, 2006-Jan. 2011
  • Attorney, Wood and Crist, 1987-Present
  • Florida Attorney General. 2002-2006
  • Commissioner of Education, elected in special election, 2000-2002
  • Deputy Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush, 1999-2000
  • Florida State Senator, Chairman of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee and as Chairman of the Appropriations Criminal Justice Subcommittee, 1993-1999
  • Candidate, U.S. Senate, lost by 26%, 1998
  • Former State Director for U.S. Senator Connie Mack
  • General Counsel, National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, 1982-1987
  • Candidate, Florida State Senate, 1986
  • Former Intern, Florida State Attorney’s Office
  • Member, Center Against Spouse Abuse
  • President’s Council, American Lung Association, Pinellas County
  • Student Body Vice President, Florida State University
  • Class President and Starting Quarterback, St. Petersburg High School
Education:
  • JD, Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, Alabama, 1981
  • BA, Florida State University, 1978
  • Attended, Wake Forest University, 1974-1976
Other:
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