• Petitioned Florida Governor

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Florida Governor

Florida Prisons-REDUCE 85% TIME SERVED TO 65%-BRING BACK PAROLE!!!!!!!

    1. Robin DeStasio
    2. Petition by

      Robin DeStasio

      Englewood, FL

Florida is broke, and spends way too much on keeping inmates in prison waaaay longer than any other state, yet, crime rate HASNOT DROPPED!!  Florida is the ONLY state without Parole and the ONLY state that forces inmates to do 85% of their sentence as opposed to other states that require inmates to do 65% of their sentence.  The Governor talks about building private prisons, who pays for those?  In the end, we, the tax payers pay for those while government gets a break!!!  There was a proposal to release non-violent offenders, that was shot down, why??  The tax payers are paying to keep these inmates in there.  Most of these inmates need drug counseling, or job training, there is none in prison!!  I know this because my son is in prison, and I had to fight for him to get  a diploma in there and now, no job training available, no classes, nothing to give him any skills for when he does come home.  He had a drug problem, was no angel, but didn't deserve the harsh sentence that he received.  There are more drugs available in prison than on the streets!!!!  Putting him in prison isn't helping anyone.  There should be more alternatives to prison.  Spending money on facilities that help with drug issues and job trainging would be beneficial to everyone.  My son is in prison because of Florida's sentencing guidlines, they don't look at each case individualy.  Our Judicial system is a mess!!!  There were sooooo many mistakes made in my son's case, if Parole where in place, he would be home already!!  If anyone had told me how screwed up our Judicial system is, I wouldn't have believed them, it took first hand dealings with our court system to see what a mess it is!!!!!  My son can't be the only one who shouldn't even be in prison, without a Parole board, to go over sentencing and to make things right, Florida is in trouble.  The court system took a puppy who was misbehaving, a 16 year old boy, and threw him in with a pack of wild dogs!!!!  He is in prison with men who have 3 life sentences!!!  Reducing mandatory time served and bringing back parole does not affect inmates with life sentences, it just helps inmates who shouldn't even be there and inmates who deserve a chance.  Please go to Change.org and sign the Barber Ammendment petition, as well as this one.

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    Reasons for signing

    • gary evans PENSCOLA, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      we should drop it down 65% and people in job traning program put them in job

    • Stanley Ralph CRYSTAL RIVER, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      Florida's DOC is an antiquated joke, unless you are in it or have a loved one in it. The whole system is non appropriate for non-violent offenders. Wake up and correct this problem.

    • Stephanie Fogg BRONSON, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      My husband was recently incarcerated for 5 years. The sentencing was very unfair with a judge who had brain cancer and his judgement wasn't right. My husband had only served 6 months in a county jail prior to this , what happened to the point system ???? Th ejudge has so many appeal cases due to his impaired judgement that the system isbacked up for 4 years of appeal on this ONE judge!!! I also believe we need to go back to 65% for cases like this, that desrve time but not this extreme.

    • Natasha Dorrell JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      My husband was just recently incarcerated for 5 years and we just got married on February 1, 2011. He has a criminal background from his younger adult years. No one's background is perfect and he has learned from his mistakes. I wish that Florida would go from 85% time served to 65% just like other states, so that our loved one's can come home sooner.

    • tatiana dieguez LINDEN, NJ
      • over 3 years ago

      free melvin fernande my childrens father we love you melvin xoxoxoxo


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