Tell Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Danny Burgess to Hear the Enhancing Public Safety Through Rehabilitation in Prisons Bill (SB 504)

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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

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TAKE ACTION NOW: Send your message to Senator Danny Burgess, Senate Judiciary Committee Chair, and urge him to hear SB 504 during the 2022 legislative session.

As a Floridian and a taxpayer, I am deeply concerned about the lack of rehabilitative and educational programs for currently incarcerated people.

Under our current outdated statutes, there is little incentive for individuals to turn their lives around in prison and not enough educational and vocational programming available to help them gain the tools they need to thrive once released. Senate Bill 504 will encourage rehabilitation in prison, save taxpayer money, reduce recidivism, increase public safety, and reunite families.

These programs are vital not only to individuals who are incarcerated, but to the communities where they will eventually return. It is important that Florida leads in this area as it does in many others, is fiscally responsible, and provides meaningful incentives to encourage people who are incarcerated to take advantage of these programs.

I urge you to hear SB 504 during the 2022 legislative session.

Thank you,

[First Name] [Last Name]

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