FLORIDIANS FOR REDEEMABLE PEOPLE IS HERE!
We are working hard to bring you up-to-date information and resources for Initiative 19-04, the Offender Reentry Program Amendment (ORPA). You can also visit us on Facebook to stay up to date. fb.me/FloridiansForRedeemablePeople
At Floridians For Redeemable People, Redemption of rehabilitated individuals, Restoration of families, and Reintegration of individuals into society is at the forefront of what we’re working towards. ORPA is designed to be a catalyst that helps incarcerated individuals realize their goals and fulfill their potential. Learn more about ORPA by downloading our manifesto and join us in bringing about positive change.
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."
William James, American Philosopher and Psychologist.
June 9, 2019
FFRP had changed our target election cycle and will now be focused on getting our proposed amendment on the ballot during the general election in November 2024. We originally set out to accomplish the mission of putting our proposed amendment, Initiative 19-04, to the voters in 2020; however, governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 5 -- Ballot Measures -- into law on June 7th, 2019 (chapter law 2019 -- 64, Laws of Florida). Some provisions of the law went into effect immediately upon signing, while others took effect 30 days later. The law made some major changes to the initiative petition process:
"Among a number of changes, petition circulators who are paid to collect signatures have to register with the Department of Elections and sign an affidavit witnessing a petition being signed for each form collected. The Florida Department of State will be providing the petition forms to the paid petition circulators who indicate they are collecting signatures on behalf of [the] committee. Those forms will be barcoded specific to that petition circulator who may then copy, circulate, and collect signatures on those forms."
Memorandum of July 8th, 2019. Matthews, Maria, Director. Florida Department of State (emphasis added).
Along with those changes, it is now required that all signed petitions be submitted to the Department of Elections within thirty (30) days instead of two (2) years as required under the previous rule. Taken together, the new rules restricted our efforts to get our proposed amendment to the ballot in 2020.
We had intended to push the initiative forward to the 2022 ballot, however, more setbacks arose with the COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of sufficient support for a quick turn around to the '22 ballot. These setbacks have necessitated FFRP to readjust our target date to the general election in November 2024.
The state legislature's continued failure to address criminal justice reform over last several years makes our goal of getting Initiative 19-04 to the ballot that much more important. We can accomplish what the legislature has continuously failed to accomplish--bring meaningful criminal justice reform to our state that will bring families back together, safety to our communities, and save billions of tax dollars to be better spent elsewhere.
Please remain patient as we work to bring about fundamental changes in the state criminal justice system. To that end, we are working on several other reforms that we will be unveiling in the coming weeks and months. Stay tuned to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FloridiansForRedeemablePeople/ for upcoming announcements, and if you're not a follower of out page, please follow and share with your own following. Happy holidays and God bless!
CONTACT FLORIDIANS FOR REDEEMABLE PEOPLE
Get in touch with Floridians For Redeemable People to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.
P.O. Box 520337Longwood, FL 32752