Last updated on: 8/12/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Pam Bondi, JD Biography

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

“[E]very felony is a serious breach of the bonds that unite our society. Rather than obligate the government to initiate the restoration process, it is reasonable to require felons to ask to have their rights restored. Also, felons should demonstrate rehabilitation by living crime-free during a waiting period after the completion of their sentences…

[F]elons earned the designation of convicted felon by breaking the law, so they should also earn the restoration of civil rights by abiding by the law and applying…

The ‘paid their debt’ argument also wrongly suggests that completion of a criminal sentence signals rehabilitation.”

“Clemency Shift Upholds Rule of Law,” www.tampabay.com, Mar. 16, 2011

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Attorney General, State of Florida, 2011-2019
  • Vice Chair, Southern Region, National Association of Attorneys General
  • Member, Board of The Spring (domestic violence shelter)
  • Florida Board Member, Special Olympics
  • Recipient, Leadership Award, National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, 2011
  • Recipient, Distinguished Alumna Award, Stetson University, 2011
  • Recipient, Special Recognition Award, Florida Police Chiefs Association
  • Recipient, Chairman’s Recognition Award (for fighting prescription drug abuse), Florida Board of Medicine
  • Recipient, Lawyer of Distinction Award, Tampa Bay Review, 2001
  • Recipient, Italian American Women of Excellence in Government Award
  • Former Assistant State Attorney, 13th Judicial District, FL
  • Former Prosecutor, State Attorney’s Office, Hillsborough County, FL
  • Former Vice Chair, Florida Bar Grievance Committee
Education:
  • JD, Stetson Law School, 1990
  • BA, Criminal Justice, University of Florida, 1987
Other:
  • Has served with the Tampa Bay United Way, the Children’s Board, the Junior League, and on the University of Florida Gator Club Board of Directors.
Quoted in:
  1. Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?
  2. Are Felon Disenfranchisement Laws a Form of Racial Discrimination?