Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Civil Rights Restored to Sandra Bartell

By: Min. Angela Lee Price

We bless God for his grace and favor upon St. Stephen Church Environmental Services supervisor Sandra Bartell. Sandra is the latest applicant to have civil rights restored through the Jesus Saves Ministries former felons' advocacy program.

Sandra received her certificate in the mail from Governor Steven Bashear office on Friday, May 15th. She spoke with me yesterday in the following video about what it means to once again be able to vote and hold public office.

Jesus Saves Ministries is helping to restore voting rights to former felons through an advocacy program that enabled 11 former felons to vote in the historic 2008 presidential election, many of whom casts votes for the first time in their lives through this initiative. By the power of Jesus Christ, more past offenders are turning their lives around and serving faithfully in their churches, and contributing more fully to their communities.

In 2004-2005, our restoration of civil rights initiative, in association with St. Stephen Church was the first faith-based advocacy program of its kind that communicated directly with the governor's office, and local and state Departments of Correction in Louisville and Frankfort in tracking applicants through the entire restoration process. In 2005, all five applicants submitted received their certificates within two months of filing.

In all 18 former felons have had rights restored through this initiative. Kentucky is one of two remaining states where former felons must petition the governor's office to have civil rights restored.

If you or someone you know is interested in having the rights to vote and hold public office restored, contact me at 502-415-1001, or e-mail me at or


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