Miami Dolphins Social Impact Committee Gives $100,000 To Florida Rights Restoration Coalition’s Fines and Fees Program

Miami Dolphin’s Safety Kavon Frazier
Miami Dolphin’s Safety Kavon Frazier
Miami Dolphins’ Defensive Tackle Christian Wilkins
Miami Dolphins’ Defensive Tackle Christian Wilkins
Miami Dolphin’s Running Back Patrick Laird
Miami Dolphin’s Running Back Patrick Laird

The Miami Dolphins Social Impact Committee, in conjunction with the Miami Dolphins Foundation and an NFL Foundation social justice grant, announced that it will donate $100,000 to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition Fines and Fees program, which assists returning citizens who have outstanding fees to complete their sentences and become eligible to vote. The donation will impact hundreds of people with past convictions, with a focus on Miami Gardens and the surrounding communities.  “This is a big step that shows the Miami Dolphins’ commitment to the local community and building a more inclusive democracy in our state,” said Desmond Meade, Executive Director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. “The FRRC Fines and Fees Fund helps people with past convictions move forward with their life and exercise their constitutional right to vote.”  The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition is a statewide organization dedicated to ending the disenfranchisement and discrimination against people with convictions and creating a more comprehensive and humane reentry system that will enhance successful reentry, reduce recidivism, and increase public safety.  In 2018, Florida voters passed Amendment 4, ending a 150-year-old lifetime voting ban for 1.4 million Florida citizens with past felony convictions. Since the law passed, tens of thousands of those individuals have registered to vote across the state. Under the law, people with past felony convictions who have not completed all terms of their sentences must either pay the fees and fines they owe or get their sentence modified as a condition of registering to vote.  The Miami Dolphins Social Impact Committee was formed by players to positively impact civic engagement, education, and economic empowerment.