April 29, 2017

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  • FLORIDA PAROLE BILLS – 2017 SESSION

         HB 535 General BILL by Edwards ; (Co-Introducers) Cortes, J. Aged Prison Inmates; Requires DOC to consider needs of inmates older than 50 years of age & adopt health care standards for that population; provides for supervised conditional elderly release program; provides criteria for program eligibility; authorizes arrest of inmate who has been released…

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  • THE SLOW AND WELCOME DEATH OF MANDATORY MINIMUMS

    Yesterday was an historic day for the sentencing reform movement in Florida. For the first time in more than 20 years Florida repealed a mandatory minimum sentence! As most of you know, we have worked for years to reform Florida’s 10-20-Life gun sentencing law, which has created some of the worst injustices I’ve seen. After…

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  • DEMISE OF SB 7020 – HOPE LOST FOR INMATE PROTECTION

    Prison reform compromise among the dead bills on session floor Mary Ellen Klas, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau Tuesday, April 28, 2015 7:44pm By Mary Ellen Klas and Michael Auslen As the session melted down on Tuesday, Senate President Andy Gardiner announced that the prison reform compromise -- which featured the Senate agreeing to withdraw from its…

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  • OVERSIGHT COMMISSION FOR FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

    Senate Bill 7020, submitted by Senator Greg Evers,  which appoints a Florida Corrections Commission to investigate abuses within the prisons, passed unanimously on 3/18/15. Featured Article Courtesy of Mary Ellen Klaus,  Bradenton Herald,  3/19/15 TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Senate on Wednesday put money behind its pledge to reform the state's troubled prison system, voting to…

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  • FLORIDA Lawmakers To Consider Expunging Juvenile Records HB 205

    February 27, 2015 8:19 PM Courtesy CBS Miami TALLAHASSEE (NSF) – As Florida’s legislative session gets underway next week, some lawmakers are calling for measures to help teens move on after paying their dues in the juvenile-justice system. Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, joined children’s advocates on Thursday in Jacksonville, saying he would support efforts…

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  • THE INFAMOUS BLACK BOX

       The Black Box is a a handcuff cover which protects the key hole and prevents the offender from picking or tampering with any parts of the lock.  This protective device is made from high-strength, high-impact ABS plastic and, according to the manufacturer, the security clip is the same strength as steel.  The Black Box is…

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  • FLORIDA CLEMENCY HEARING

    From left to right: Attorney General Pam Bondi, Commissioner Adam Putnam,                                         Governor Rick Scott, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater The Clemency Board is governed by the Florida Rules of Executive Clemency and meets four times annually to address six…

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  • DREAM DEFENDERS – P. S. IT AIN’T OVER

      Friends, After 31 days and 30 nights in the Florida State Capitol, the Dream Defenders ended our peaceful sit-in of Governor Rick Scott’s office. Although we have left the Capitol, we are not leaving the fight. We came to the Capitol more than a month ago to demand that Florida’s political leadership deal with…

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  • INTRODUCING – THE DREAM DEFENDERS

    Dream Defenders: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOnnQVZyY1w                                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoeUrLNvPnU&feature=youtu.be The Dream Defenders, a group of active, passionate college students who refuse to accept "No" for an answer, have been occupying the Governor's office at Florida's State Capital since Tuesday, July 16, 2013,after George Zimmerman was found…

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