June 24, 2017

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  • JUVENILES SENTENCED TO LIFE GET A SECOND CHANCE

      In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court found laws mandating juveniles be sentenced to life in prison without parole are cruel and unusual punishment.  The ruling appears to be in conflict with Florida law and judges are caught in the middle said J.D. Moorehead, a professor at Florida Coastal School of Law. Florida law requires…

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  • MICHAEL CREWS, SECRETARY, FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

    About the  Secretary         Michael D. Crews Secretary Michael  (Mike) Crews was appointed by Governor Rick Scott as Secretary of the Florida  Department of Corrections on December 17, 2012.  Secretary  Crews began his career with the state in 1984 as a Certified Correctional Officer  at Apalachee Correctional Institute and served as a…

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  • THE $250 MILLION NATIONAL ENTICEMENT

    Corporation Makes a Pitch for Guaranteed Prison Occupancy Courtesy of Re-Entry Court Solutions November 4, 2012 At a time when states are struggling to reduce bloated prison populations and tight budgets, a private prison management company is offering to buy prisons in exchange for various considerations, including a controversial guarantee that the governments maintain a…

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  • FLORIDA PALES IN COMPARISON NATIONWIDE

    By Peter Henderson Updated 10/13/2012 1:56:48 PM ET SAN FRANCISCO — More than a decade after California set a national trend toward longer sentences for habitual criminals with its three-strikes law, crime in the Golden State is down, prison costs are up and voters are poised to soften the hardline stance. A California ballot measure that…

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  • NEW DIRECTION FOR THE FLORIDA DEPT OF CORRECTIONS

    FORGOTTEN MAJORITY MEETS WITH FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS          10/9/12 Pictured L to R:  Michael Crews, Deputy Secretary, Florida Dept. of Corrections; Jennie Nimer, Parole & Probation; Kenneth Sharpton Glasgow, President, TOPS (The Ordinary People Society); Judy Thompson, President, Forgotten Majority; Ken Tucker, Secretary, Florida Dept. of Corrections; William Carr, Assistant Secretary of Re-entry; Darrel Davis, TOPS. This meeting was two-fold and…

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  • MEETING WITH GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT

    Governor Rick Scott meets with Forgotten Majority Tuesday, August 7, 2012  3:30 pm Right to left:  Florida Governor Rick Scott Judy Thompson, Forgotten Majority Lawrence Stewart, Next Level Outreach Also present at the meeting was Bonnie Rogers, Coordinator, Office of Policy and Budget and Bo Winokaur, Assistant General Council. The meeting centered on the Mutual…

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  • PAROLE PETITION STATUS

    We want supporters and viewers to know that we are still gathering petition signatures for the Reinstatement of Florida's Parole.  Governor Rick Scott has assured us that he will meet to discuss the fiscal and familial benefits of Parole. Be aware that the petition drive is not over!!! We need to get as many signatures as possible to let…

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  • KUDOS TO SENATOR GREG EVERS

      Senator Greg Evers, District 2,  took a bold step on Lobby Day, Tuesday,     February 21, 2012, when he spoke in favor of Parole in Florida.  This Senator is not 'soft' on crime, he is smart on crime!  Senator Evers proposed that parolees wear monitoring devices and be subject to severe penalties for violating.   Monitoring would cost significantly  less…

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  • TOO MUCH TIME FOR THE CRIME? Featuring Gregory L. Stephens, Sr.

                                   Greg Stephens Mr. Stephens is surrounded by a loving and supportive family.  He describes himself as a God-fearing man who is blessed with spiritual qualities of love, kindness, strength and guidance.  Greg just celebrated another birthday on the inside but his birthday wish is to be reunited with his mom, son and family members.                                                                                                                                Pictured with his grand…

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  • VACANT PAROLE BOARD SEAT FILLED

        AND NOW THERE ARE THREE.  The Parole Commission has removed the 'vacant' sign from the seat of that third empty chair and gave a warm welcome to their newest member, Bernard Cohen, a former corrections executive.     The Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The newest member of the state parole commission is no stranger…

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