Orlando, FL - Earlier today, the federal Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit upheld a Florida federal judge’s 2019 decision enjoining restrictions passed by the Florida legislature last year that sought to impose additional limitations to Amendment 4. Amendment 4 was passed overwhelmingly by Florida voters in November 2018 and permits formerly incarcerated individuals to register to vote. The court’s decision found that it is unconstitutional to force the named plaintiffs, persons with prior criminal convictions and released from prison, to first pay off their financial obligations before registering because of their inability to pay their fines.
New York, NY – Earlier today, the New York City Council held a vital vote on the plan to close Rikers. This vote was the result of many years of public pressure and organizing by impacted people. LatinoJustice applauds the results of today’s vote. Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF, issued the following response:
Orlando, FL – This weekend, Governor DeSantis signed into law Senate Bill 7066 which was passed by the Florida Legislature to override the will of the people and impose a fines and fees requirement to block people from having their right to vote restored. Below is a statement by Esperanza Segarra, Senior Counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF: