Joshua Hoe interviews Desmond Meade, Neal Volz, and Sean Morales-Doyle about Amendment 4 in Florida.

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My Guests

Neal Volz and Desmond Meade, two of Josh's guests for Episode 82 of the Decarceration Nation Podcast

Neal Volz has more than 25 years of experience as a public servant and community advocate. This includes work as the Chief of Staff for a Member of Congress and Staff Director for a full Congressional Committee, as well as the Outreach Director for one of the fastest-growing churches in the country and as the Program Director for a leading Non-Profit Organization that serves formerly homeless veterans.

Desmond Meade is a formerly homeless returning citizen who eventually became President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), Chair of Floridians for a Fair Democracy, and a graduate of Florida International University College of Law.

Both of them led the FRRC to a historic victory in 2018 with the successful passage of Amendment 4, a grassroots citizen’s initiative which restored voting rights to over 1.4 million Floridians with past felony convictions.

My third guest was Sean Morales-Doyle,

Sean Morales-Doyle serves as senior counsel in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, where he focuses on voting rights and elections and was part of the recent decision on Amendment 4 and Florida

A picture of Sean Morales-Doyle for his visit on the Decarceration Nation Podcast


A full PDF transcript of Episode 82 of the Decarceration Nation Podcast.

Notes From Episode 82

Yes, I called them the Florida Rights Restoration “Committee” instead of “Coalition” twice during the podcast and yes that was stupid, apologies.

If you want to watch the webinar “The Evidence Based Case Against Sex-Offender Registries, you can watch it from the Safe & Just Michigan YouTube channel.

If you missed my testimony against HB 5679 (reform of the Registry in Michigan), there is a copy on the Safe & Just Michigan YouTube channel as well.

You can find the new video by BL Shirelle released this week at Die Jim Crow Records.

You can find the FRRC at their website or from this fundraising website.

If you want to read the recent Federal District Court decision, read it from the Brennan Center Website.

I am including a picture of me and Alice Marie Johnson from her ‘Celebration of Freedom’ celebration last year. Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of that event.

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Josh with Alice Marie Johnson in Memphis for the Celebration of Freedom May 31, 2019