2021 Policy Platform

2021 Policy Platform

Produce decarceration and sentencing reform

More than 1 in 3 Americans has an immediate family member who has been in prison or jail. Mass incarceration costs not only families but also taxpayers: our state spends an average of $19,069 per year on each person in prison. Meanwhile, Floridian children can be sentenced and incarcerated as adults, and “truth in sentencing” laws and mandatory minimums keep people imprisoned despite little to no risk to public safety. Reforming sentencing policies and providing alternatives to arrest and incarceration will serve to limit unnecessary, harmful, and expensive involvement in the criminal justice system.

Produce decarceration and sentencing reform

More than 1 in 3 Americans has an immediate family member who has been in prison or jail. Mass incarceration costs not only families but also taxpayers: our state spends an average of $19,069 per year on each person in prison. Meanwhile, Floridian children can be sentenced and incarcerated as adults, and “truth in sentencing” laws and mandatory minimums keep people imprisoned despite little to no risk to public safety. Reforming sentencing policies and providing alternatives to arrest and incarceration will serve to limit unnecessary, harmful, and expensive involvement in the criminal justice system.

Produce decarceration and sentencing reform

More than 1 in 3 Americans has an immediate family member who has been in prison or jail. Mass incarceration costs not only families but also taxpayers: our state spends an average of $19,069 per year on each person in prison. Meanwhile, Floridian children can be sentenced and incarcerated as adults, and “truth in sentencing” laws and mandatory minimums keep people imprisoned despite little to no risk to public safety. Reforming sentencing policies and providing alternatives to arrest and incarceration will serve to limit unnecessary, harmful, and expensive involvement in the criminal justice system.

In a multi-state initiative that provides alternatives to detention, juvenile incarceration has decreased by 49%, while juvenile arrests decreased by 57%

A study of youth in Florida found that 49 percent of youth transferred to adult court reoffended, compared with 35 percent of youth who remained in the juvenile justice system.

 
FRRC is committed to understanding how these issues affect returning citizens and developing solutions that improve their lives. See below for our current resources, and stay tuned for more!
 
Reform the juvenile justice system: 2-page fact sheet | Fact sheet with citations

 

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