O.J. Simpson eyeing return to Florida once released

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By: Jake Stofan | Capitol News Service
July 21, 2017

Photo: Nevada Dept. of Corrections

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) -- Is Florida the next stop for O.J. Simpson?

Sentenced to 33 years on 12 charges for an armed robbery in Las Vegas, Simpson has been granted parole in Nevada after serving nine years. Now, Simpson is saying he wants to come to Florida to be near his adult children, who live in St. Petersberg.

Florida is in a group of 30 states which regularly transfers prison inmates and parolees between their boarders. But, parole expert Reggie Garcia says with such a high profile figure, things could get tricky.

"Of course, anything that involves Mr. Simpson is less than routine," Garcia said.

The Florida Department of Corrections will look favorably on the fact that he has family in the state and is a former resident. But, there are other factors at play.

Garcia continued, "Does this parolee have a good chance at succeeding and being successfully supervised?"

Simpson has a long rap sheet in Florida. While boating, he was ticketed for speeding through a manatee zone; he was accused, and later acquitted, of road rage; and he had his home raided in connection with an ecstasy smuggling ring, although no evidence was found.

The DOC released a statement, saying:
"If Nevada’s request meets all criteria, Florida must accept the transfer….he will be assigned a Florida probation officer and will be supervised in accordance with the conditions of his parole.”

The question still remains, though, what if the community doesn't want Simpson back?

Florida U.S. Representative Al Lawson says, although Simpson is a polarizing figure, all inmates who have served their time should be given the opportunity to try and reintegrate in society.

"Maybe they can become productive and do something productive with kids," Lawson said.

Simpson is set to be released for parole in October. Once he is approved for a transfer by Nevada, Florida will have 45 days to decide whether or not to accept him. The DOC can add extra conditions to Simpson's parole in order to secure his return, if they choose to do so.

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