A complete overhaul of the criminal justice system's sentencing schemes.

A complete overhaul of the criminal justice system's sentencing schemes.

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Nikola Simplice started this petition to People who have loved ones incarcerated and people who believe that people deserve a second chance

Florida's Criminal Justice system is long past being broken and it's time for the citizens of the great state to come together and push Florida's legislature to create a fair sentencing system.The Florida Department of Corrections houses just short of 100,00 people in facilities across the state. Approximately 40% of these people have sentences of 20 years or more, and a hefty portion of those sentences will ensure that the offender will never see the outside world again.
For those of you with a friend or loved one on the inside you know the much touted goal of rehabilitating these individuals is pure fiction. That is, no matter how much someone reforms their conduct the authorities will not let them out prior to the expiration their sentence. 
One sentenced to a substantial term of years these men and women are sent to often distant facilities where they sit with absolutely nothing to do for years. Real self-improvement programs are few and far between and only available at certain places. There overwhelming majority of prisoners have no source of income, and have to rely entirely on loved ones to send them money just so they can purchase, at an exorbiant rate, the basic necessities if modern life. 
Where most prisoners would happily work for $1 an hour, the Florida Department or Corrections has extremely free paying jobs. The ones it does have pay much less than $1 an hour. For those prisoners who are creative and can draw or write poetry or nicely they have no hope of financially benefitting from their work as the department had rules that prohibit all prisoners all inmates from making money in any way. In essence, upon being sentenced not only does an individual find themselves separated from everyone they love, from society as a whole, and from any sense of normalcy, but they also find themselves deprived of absolutely everything that makes life worth living. To top all of that off it does not matter how a person conducts themselves while incarcerated because there is virtually no opportunity for early release. Either they are serving a mandatory day for day sentence or they must complete 85% of their sentence before being released. The bottom line here is that when you take away everything a person has to look forward to and make them live with it you are left with an utterly hopeless individual with nothing to lose. Take a second to consider how you would feel if you found yourself in such adverse circumstances.  It is a small wonder why many institutions find themselves riddled with violence. 
Florida's judicial system had been systematically locking away the poor and uneducated for decades. The only thing that had changed is that the punishment imposed on "criminals" has progressively gotten more harsh. What you would have done a couple years for before you may serve a decade, or two, or three, or the rest of your life being bars for. 
Public officials have been riding the "tough on crime" train for decades now. It's time for the wheels to fall off. After all how much is a difference has it really made? Watch the news on any given day and count the number of murders, robberies, acts of violence, and miscellaneous other offenses you hear about.  No matter how tough the laws get people are going to continue to commit crimes. With that in mind ask yourself whether it makes sense to give an individual who had realized the error if their ways a second chance... For the majority of you the answer is a resounding yes. This is not too say that you will march on Tallahassee and demand the immediate release of every man and woman locked behind the fences. Not everyone will deserve another chance, but I can guarantee you that the overwhelming majority of those incarcerated do. The majority of prisoners do not deserve to spend decades of they're lives behind fences when we live in a nation that believes in picking people up and giving them another shot.
Last but not least supporting so many people in prison is a huge burden on the rest of society. For the 2019 fiscal year it was projected that nearly 4 and a half billion dollars would be spent on the criminal justice and corrections systems. See the annual budget report.  http://www.fl-counties.com/2019-state-budget-analysis This huge burden could be alieviated by implementing new early release programs in which offenders are able to earn their way out of prison.
In closing, I am asking you to bring light to the 100,000 people's lives that are residing in some of the darkest places imagineable in 21st century America. Give the people another chance by signing this petition and letting Florida's legislature know that you take the issue of Florida's Draconian antiqued sentencing laws seriously. Let Florida's legislature know that it's time to start releasing prisoners. 

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