Governor Rick Scott claims that new clemency rules requiring waiting periods for convicted felons to restore their civil rights will actually help them become productive citizens who do not re-offend. As this article from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel states clemency approval will help felons obtain state licenses, jobs, and security clearance. But can waiting longer to regain your civil rights really be a good thing? Not according to the Florida Parole Commission. A recent report by this agency found that in Florida a felon who has their civil rights restored is far less likely to re-offend than a felon whose rights were not restored. When analyzing 31,000 cases over a two year period only 11 percent of those who had their civil rights restored re-offended. See this article from Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau for more statistics and to see the potential effect this waiting period will have on those have been convicted of a felony and are trying to stay on the straight and narrow.