Rehabilitate Florida Inmates with Reducing Time Served

Rehabilitate Florida Inmates with Reducing Time Served

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Amber Monroe started this petition to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and

Currently in the state of Florida, inmates are required to serve at least 85% of the time they are sentenced. Statistically speaking 
“A Florida Law Retroactively Reducing Prison Time Served From 85% to 65% Would Reduce Prison Costs by as Much as $750 Million per year and Reduce the Prison Population up to 27,000 Prisoners — Within One Year”. These are YOUR dollars. Taxpayer dollars being spent just to keep someone behind bars instead of working to teach life skills and issue release. 65% Gaintime Is Much Better Than 85% Gaintime for the Safety of FDOC Correctional Officers, as 65% Gaintime is a Much Better Incentive for Prisoners to Follow the Rules and to Behave Well. Florida began the 85% gaintime experiment in 1995, in large part because the Federal Truth in Sentencing Act gave monetary grants to states adopting an 85% gaintime law. Those grants ended in 2001, but the 85% gaintime law increased the sentence length served and so prison costs by 30% compared to a 65% time served law ((85-65)/65 = 30%). These 30% longer sentences are a primary driver of the increase in Florida’s prison population from 64,000 in 1995 to 96,000 at the end of 2018. As prisoners stayed in their prison beds 30% longer at the 85% gaintime experiment, FDOC had to keep building new prison camps to house the newly needed prison beds.

Anewer, truer, Truth in Sentencing Act would state that prisoners in Florida will serve a minimum length of 65% of their prison sentence if they behave well and follow the FDOC rules, but could also serve up to 100% of their sentence if they misbehave in prison — the choice is in the hands and behavior of each individual prisoner. That’s the new Truth in Sentencing program at 65% gaintime.

That 85% gaintime experiment is a failed experiment, twenty-five years after it began.” Overall, Florida’s prison system lacks reform and is bursting at the seams. We can make a difference and help those in need by reducing their time served and offering rehabilitation services teaching life skills to discourage reentry to the prison system. 

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