Proposed legislation seeks to make the current probation violation process stricter for repeat offenders accused of violating their probation. If signed into law, it would allow Florida law enforcement to hold the accused person in jail for probation violations when they have multiple felony convictions on their criminal record.
The challenges of overcoming a felony conviction for a Florida criminal charge have just been made harder by new changes passed by Florida's Executive Clemency Board. Under the new rules even nonviolent offenders will have to wait five years before they may be considered for the restoration of their civil rights. More serious felony convictions now require a waiting period of seven years and are subject to a hearing. The restoration of the right to possess a firearm takes even longer.