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Desmond Meade Biography

President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
Pro to the question "Should People Who Have Completed Felony Sentences Be Allowed to Vote?"

“The right of an American citizen to exercise arguably the most critical expression of citizenship should not be denied. Nor should the decision on whether an American citizen regains the rights to vote be left in the hands of a select few politicians whose decisions are often arbitrary and motivated by partisan politics and corporate interests.”

“Drawing a Line in Florida and Standing on the Side of Justice,”, June 21, 2013

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Jan. 2010-present
  • State Director, Lifelines to Healing, PICO United Florida, June 2012-present
  • Chair, Black Men’s Roundtable, Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation
  • Co-founder, Society of Law and Community Service, Miami Dade College
  • Restoration of Rights Coordinator, South Florida’s Congress for Racial Equality (C.O.R.E.)
  • Member, Miami Dade Homeless Trust
  • Member, Re-Entry Coalition and Mentoring, Mt. Olive Development Corporation
  • Member, Miami Dade College Law Center Advisory Council, Black Law Student Association, the Caribbean Student Bar Association, and the Criminal Law Society
  • Former member, Florida Attorney General’s Gang Reduction Task Force for Area 7
  • Graduate Assistant, Miami Dade College, Jan. 2007-July 2010
  • JD candidate, Florida International University College of Law (expected graduation year 2014)
  • BAS, Public Safety Management, Miami Dade College, 2010
  • AA, Pre-Law, Miami Dade College
  • AS, Paralegal Studies, Miami Dade College
  • Born in St. Croix (US Virgin Islands), 1967
  • He is married with five children
  • He is an “ex-offender” with a past felony conviction for possession of a firearm
  • He was formerly homeless for nine years
Quoted in:
  1. Should People with Felony Convictions Automatically Regain the Right to Vote after Their Full Sentence Is Served?