NEW: Florida doesn’t have much choice in saying no to O.J. Simpson return


Florida corrections officials are preparing for the potential return of Nevada parolee O.J. Simpson.

“We are aware of his potential relocation to Florida,” Florida Department of Corrections spokeswoman Michelle Glady said Thursday. “Pursuant to the Interstate Commission on Adult Offender Supervision, if Nevada’s request meets all criteria, Florida must accept the transfer.”

Simpson lived in Kendall after he was acquitted of murder charges for the 1994 deaths of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman. He was jailed on armed robbery and kidnapping charges in Nevada after a 2007 incident in which he and accomplices attempted to retrieve football memorabilia that Simpson said was stolen from him.

After nine years behind bars, a Nevada parole board agreed Thursday to set Simpson free this fall. Simpson said during the hearing he hopes to return to Florida.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s office referred questions about Simpson to the state’s Department of Corrections.

Said Glady: “As is the case with any offender who transfers under this routine procedure, he will be assigned a Florida probation officer and will be supervised in accordance with the conditions of his parole.”

Glady said that, under the compact signed by all 50 states, a receiving state has 45 days to determine whether to accept a parolee from another state.

She added: “If the transfer is submitted in accordance with the mandatory acceptance criteria (such as the offender being a resident of the receiving state or the offender’s family is residing in the receiving state), the individual supervision plan is automatically considered valid under the Interstate Compact and the receiving state must accept the individual for supervision.”



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