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Florida Prison Cuts May Be End of 'Get-Tough' Mindset

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: florida, prisons, inmates, tough on crime, Good News, Indiana Prison System )

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TALLAHASSEE | Florida's get-tough policy on crime during the past few decades is set to collide with an austere budget and a conservative governor pledging to take bold steps to save money. With 102,000 prisoners, Florida has the third-largest prison ...


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CL Batie (2)
Saturday February 12, 2011, 5:44 am
Is this a step in the right direction for prison reform or simply turning over a broken system to privatization profiteers?

James Kinney (0)
Saturday February 12, 2011, 7:36 am
The U.S. Correctional system has become nothing more than supervised welfare for individuals who, for whatever reason, don't fit in with the mainstream population. By mainstream, I mean those of us who are white and middle class. Being black is not a requirement, but an ancillary correlation to being sentenced.

Katherine S (34)
Saturday February 12, 2011, 7:41 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 12, 2011, 8:01 am

Robert O (12)
Saturday February 12, 2011, 8:41 am
This doesn't sound good. Privatization of some agencies should not be done at all.

James Kinney, I agree with you and want to add that many times Hispanics are also unfairly charged and sentenced as well.

Cynthia Batie, I see your point and worry about the same thing. In Arizona our horrible Governor Jan Brewer is looking into privatizing many state agencies including the department of commerce, state parks and the prison system in order to save money to make up for a shortfall that was caused by Republican fiscal mismanagement. But there was a prison break at one of thsoe pirsons last year where two escapees aided by family members went on a cross country crime spree killing 2 people and robbing many more.

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 12, 2011, 12:32 pm
Fixing the system must include a reexamination of who goes to prison, for how long. Many crimes probably do not require prison at all, rather parole and some type of community service.

William Y (54)
Saturday February 12, 2011, 1:22 pm
John S, I agree.

Hannah Theresa Weyland (8)
Saturday February 12, 2011, 1:54 pm
Prison doesn't work but no one has the courage to put money into the system to change it radically.

Linda Thompson (16)
Saturday February 12, 2011, 2:20 pm
We need to stop, and reform- and Juvenile Justice is not justice but injustice!

Marilyn K (50)
Saturday February 12, 2011, 3:12 pm
Knowing some of the decisions that have been made by the Florida Courts, I do not know how many people in prison are guilty. They are like the Keystone Cops.

Gloria H (88)
Saturday February 12, 2011, 4:50 pm
in the meanwhile, gun purchases by law abiding citizens outside the prison may go up. Don't forget, drag the body inside the house after shooting.

Evelyn Z (300)
Saturday February 12, 2011, 5:20 pm
A large proportion of the prison population here in Florida consists of those serving time for smoking/carrying pot, then violating probation.
Smoking/carrying pot 1st offense it's a misdemeanor = probation & fine
2nd offense is a violation of probation = felony = prison
Don't believe everything you read or hear from the media = If you don't live here in Florida, you won't ever get the REAL STORY

Brenda Marie C. C. (0)
Saturday February 12, 2011, 6:41 pm
Interesting post, thank you.

Colleen L (3)
Saturday February 12, 2011, 11:39 pm
I too agree with John S. I feel that all states needs to examine who goes to prison. It amazes me on how much money is spent on each prisoner. Especially for medical care. Here in California there was a diabetic man in a wheelchair that robbed a bank and when he went to court the judge asked him why and he stated that he wanted to go to prision for the health care.
Our country's legal justice is sure doing things backwards, when you see that the ones in prison get food, housing and medical and the people who worked and may have lost their home, get nothing.
Thanks Dana

KS Goh (0)
Sunday February 13, 2011, 12:21 am
Thanks for the article.

Phillip r (67)
Sunday February 13, 2011, 6:31 am
...but don't forget the other side of the issue...

Kathleen Gallagher (1)
Sunday February 13, 2011, 6:55 am
Our Justice system is a joke and it designed so that people fail in parole. It also does not take into account that most people that end up in jail were broken long before they got involved with the law. The insane are in jail too and that is cruel and unusual. There are way too many women in jail that killed their perpetratosr too, they should be free.

Charlene Rush (2)
Sunday February 13, 2011, 11:21 am
Our drug laws are archaic. They have done NOTHING to stop or slow the taking of illegal substances. As we speak, drugs can be purchased by anyone, at anytime, anywhere, and at any age. Legalization is the only possible, logical preventative remedy.

One major benefit is legalization is, our prison population, will be depleted, greatly.
Another major beneift is, it would eliminate the importation of drugs, along with the criminals who bring them, from other countries.

Angela Dubie (306)
Monday February 14, 2011, 8:28 pm
Prisons are full of hippies as well, as other non-violent offenders that should have never even been arrested in the first place!

Constance F (418)
Monday February 14, 2011, 8:33 pm
I too, agree with John S. and won't belabor what was already said well. However, something I just recently learned, if one of their solutions is to privatize, that seems a little frightening. Even if alcohol and drug offenders are sent to a private rehab center, they are still in prison, and profit is made from them being there. Long term drug and alcohol support is essential sometimes to the addict/alcoholic, but that support is available for free in successful organizations like AA / NA. I guess what I am thinking, people may be staying longer than they need or should if money is to be gained.
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