Amendment 4, the voting restoration amendment on Floridians’ ballot this November, has received the endorsement of the nationwide criminal justice advocacy organization Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM).
Established in 1991 by a former public affairs director at the Cato Institute, FAMM’s mission is to create a more fair and effective justice system that respects our American values of individual accountability and dignity while keeping our communities safe.
In announcing the organization’s support of Amendment 4, Kevin Ring, President of FAMM, stated, “FAMM is proud to support Amendment 4 because we believe in second chances. For over a quarter century, FAMM has worked to achieve changes that both respect human dignity and also keep our communities safe. When a person returning to their community after paying their debt in full is able to participate in the democratic process, they are less likely to reoffend. Amendment 4 means second chances, and it also means safer communities.”
FAMM is the most recent organization to announce its support of Amendment 4, which has also recently received endorsements from nationwide veterans organization VoteVets, Koch Industries backed Freedom Partners, the Christian Coalition of Florida, and from Floridians of all walks of life.
Florida is one of only four states with a lifetime ban on voting. Amendment 4 would restore the eligibility to vote to Floridians who have served their time and completed all terms of their sentence as ordered by a judge – including parole, probation, and restitution. The amendment specifically excludes those individuals who have committed murder or a felony sexual offense.
To learn more about the Second Chances Campaign, please visit secondchancesfl.org.