2021 POLICY PLATFORM

 

2021 POLICY PLATFORM

Implement prison, jail, and supervision reforms

People in Florida’s prisons face many challenges to their rehabilitation. They are paid nothing for the labor they have to do, despite producing millions of dollars in value for our state and being charged relatively high rates for room and board, doctor’s visits, phone calls, and other basic resources. They are more vulnerable to and less protected from COVID-19. Yet even once a person has left prison, our system is set up to send them back for “technical violations” of probation or parole: behaviors that don’t count as crimes for someone not under community supervision. Improving conditions in prisons and jails and reducing unnecessary reincarceration strengthens the health, safety, and stability of whole communities.

Implement prison, jail, and supervision reforms

People in Florida’s prisons face many challenges to their rehabilitation. They are paid nothing for the labor they have to do, despite producing millions of dollars in value for our state and being charged relatively high rates for room and board, doctor’s visits, phone calls, and other basic resources. They are more vulnerable to and less protected from COVID-19. Yet even once a person has left prison, our system is set up to send them back for “technical violations” of probation or parole: behaviors that don’t count as crimes for someone not under community supervision. Improving conditions in prisons and jails and reducing unnecessary reincarceration strengthens the health, safety, and stability of whole communities.

Implement prison, jail, and supervision reforms

People in Florida’s prisons face many challenges to their rehabilitation. Improving conditions in prisons and jails and reducing unnecessary reincarceration strengthens the health, safety, and stability of returning citizens and communities alike.

Floridians in prison are over 5 times more likely than the state’s overall population to test positive for COVID-19 and are 3.2 times more likely to die from the virus.

In Florida’s prisons, a 15-minute in-state call costs $2.10. Each non-emergency doctor’s visit carries with a $5 co-pay.

45% of state prison admissions nationwide are due to violations of probation or parole. Technical violations alone account for 25% of prison admissions; even less (20%) are for new criminal offenses.

45% of state prison admissions nationwide are due to violations of probation or parole. Technical violations alone account for 25% of prison admissions; even less (20%) are for new criminal offenses.

 
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 prison and jail conditions (Covid-19 response): 2-page fact sheet | Fact sheet with citations

 

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