Free but in debt: Florida ex-inmates unable to vote

Miami (AFP) – Davion and Maria have paid their debt to society by serving prison sentences in the US state of Florida, but they’re still paying back monetary debts from their cases — and until they do, they won’t be allowed to vote.Due to a law signed in 2019 by the state’s Republican governor Ron DeSantis, a close ally of US President Donald Trump, and upheld last month by a federal appeals court, former felons are required to repay their debts to the judicial system — fines, legal fees, damages — in order to regain the right to vote.Davion Hampton, 42, was sentenced in 2008 to 36 months i…

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