Florida exoneree feels “reborn” as civil rights are restored


Alan Crotzer, who served 24 years in Florida prison for a crime he didn’t commit, is enjoying civil rights he had stripped of him years ago. He registered to vote on Thursday, and said he felt “reborn” as he gained the right to have his voice heard in our government. Crotzer encouraged people exonerated by DNA evidence as well as formerly incarcerated people who had served their full sentence to apply for restoration of rights under a new law passed in April in Florida.

''Today is a triumph for me because now I have the right to vote again,'' said Crotzer, 46. ''I just want to be heard. … I want to say to anyone who has not had their rights restored, to try to get them restored.''

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. (Tallahassee Democrat, 09/07/07)

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