Governor Rick Scott, First Lady Ann Scott and Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll graciously hosted a reception on February 22, 2012 at the Governor’s Mansion honoring African-Americans who made significant contributions in the areas of Education, Aeronautical Science and Information Technology.
Meeting the Governor was memorable. His handshake was warm and genuine, his eye contact not distracted by the goings on in the room. Most importantly, Governor Scott expressed his willingness to meet and discuss the Reinstatement of Parole. This Governor could be the one to rescue Florida from the bottom of the barrel of antiquated statutes that have led to mass incarceration. This Governor could raise the bar of progressive ingenuity to a level that would reunite families, strengthen communities and keep only dangerous criminals incarcerated. This Governor could leave behind a legacy that would be far superior to any other former Governor of this state, a legacy of fiscal and moral proficiency that would be coveted nationwide.
Timing was on my side. On a subsequent trip to Tallahassee, March 8th, I met the Governor once again who reassured me that he looked forward to meeting with Forgotten Majority and would make sure that the appointment was set.
It is important to know that Governor Scott cannot reinstate parole via executive order, it requires the passage of legislation. However, with his support and the support of other legislators like Senator Greg Evers who are bold enough to take a not-so-popular stand, we can posture ourselves for victory.
Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll at the Podium presenting student and educational awards.
Guest speaker, Mr. Harry Alford, CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, flanked by the Governor, First Lady and other guests.
For more details about the reception follow the link: http://www.flgov.com/2011/02/24/governor-scott-and-lt-governor-carroll-commemorate-black-history-month-honor-student-and-teacher-contest-winners/ .
To sign the petition for the Reinstatement of Parole: http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/floridaparole