Florida has fallen behind neighboring states. Evidence shows that rehabilitative programs that provide people who are incarcerated with education, mental health resources, drug rehabilitation, and vocational training help lower recidivism rates. Despite this, Florida spends $2.7 billion per year on a prison system—one that even the Florida Department of Correction says is in crisis.
Rather than continuing to rely on a broken system, Florida should promote rehabilitation and reduce recidivism. Yet current Florida law provides little incentive for people who are warehoused in prison to participate in these programs.
Senate Bill 504 enhances public safety by incentivizing rehabilitation in prisons. Additionally, this bill is estimated to save taxpayers approximately $860 million dollars over five years. We’re calling on Senator Burgess, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to schedule SB 504 for a hearing during the 2022 legislative session. Instead of merely warehousing individuals at enormous taxpayer expense, Florida needs to focus on rehabilitation in prison, as this will help reduce recidivism and increase public safety.
Message Recipient: Senator Danny Burgess, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee