Office of Executive Clemency
The Office of Executive Clemency reports directly to the Governor and Cabinet in the performance of their duties and responsibilities. This office is co-located with the Florida Parole Commission for ease of operation and coordination of functions. The Office of Executive Clemency was created in 1975 to process applications for executive clemency requiring approval of the Governor and two members of the Cabinet. The Coordinator is appointed by the Governor and Cabinet and is responsible for coordinating all clemency hearings and referring applications to the Florida Parole Commission for investigation. The Coordinator is the custodian of all records.
In addition to processing applications for restoration of civil rights and alien status, full pardons, remission of fines, waiver requests, commutations of sentence and specific authority to own, possess or use firearms, the office also provides verification and/or certification of restoration of civil rights, and other forms of clemency granted, to law enforcement agencies, state attorneys, public defenders, licensing agencies, and supervisors of elections.
The Office of Executive Clemency prepares and distributes the orders and certificates granting clemency and keeps applicants and/or attorneys advised of the status of cases. Information and applications for clemency are distributed on a daily basis. Staff is responsible for answering questions and assisting individuals with clemency requests , as well as responding to correspondence and phone calls referred from the Governor's Office.
The Coordinator works closely with the Clemency Aides to the Governor and Cabinet in the revision and adoption of Rules of Executive Clemency and tracks new state and federal legislation that might have a direct or indirect impact on the clemency process. Also, the Coordinator responds to numerous research inquiries regarding clemency statistics and provides information to persons conducting federal and state surveys on clemency procedures in the State of Florida.
The Coordinator assists the Director of Clemency Administration in providing training on clemency issues to regional examiners and staff.
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