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Petitioning Florida State House and 2 others

State of Florida Private Prison Siting Criteria

46
Supporters

The private prison industry is not regulated by Florida state law and subject to statues put into place like the Florida Correctional Reform Act of 1983 by FL State, Dept of Corrections.

The Florida Correctional Reform Act of 1983 states:

The Act required the DOC to conduct a statewide comprehensive study to determine its needs for all types of correctional facilities and to develop, in consultation with local governments, siting criteria for the facilities.

The siting criteria developed include:

1. The site should be compatible with existing local comprehensive plans.
2. No more than 1,000 people should live within a two-mile radius of the center of the site.
3. The site should be two miles or more from present or future public or private schools.
4. The site should have a buffer of at least a half mile between the fenced compound and other land uses.
5. The site should be within 15 miles or 30 minutes driving time of the community where staff will live.
6. The development of the site should not impact upon certain natural, historical, and environmental features.

To prevent private prisons from being built near schools and people's homes.

Join us in pushing our government to ensure that the people are protected from the Private Prison industry.  We should not have to live in fear that a private prison would pop up in our backyards and we are helpless to stop it.  We need to protect our children from being in such a close proximity to prisons and keep private prisons out of our neighborhoods.

CCA is attempting to put one of the largest detention centers in the nation near our homes and schools and we need your help to stop them!  Join us at http://www.noprisonswr.org

 

Letter to
Florida State House
Florida State Senate
Florida Governor
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Governor Rick Scott, State of Florida, Florida House and Senate.

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With so much urban sprawl happening in Florida, land zoning is often not updated to reflect such proximity of prison zones to homes and schools. I just signed a petition requesting the State of Florida to Implement Private Prison siting criteria that would apply on the Federal, State and County level. I would like the private prison industry to be held to the same standards as the State of Florida Department of Corrections.

The Florida Correctional Reform Act of 1983 states:
The Act required the DOC to conduct a statewide comprehensive study to determine its needs for all types of correctional facilities and to develop, in consultation with local governments, siting criteria for the facilities.

The siting criteria developed include:

1. The site should be compatible with existing local comprehensive plans.
2. No more than 1,000 people should live within a two-mile radius of the center of the site.
3. The site should be two miles or more from present or future public or private schools.
4. The site should have a buffer of at least a half mile between the fenced compound and other land uses.
5. The site should be within 15 miles or 30 minutes driving time of the community where staff will live.
6. The development of the site should not impact upon certain natural, historical, and environmental features.

To prevent private prisons from being built near schools and people's homes this criteria should be implemented by the State and force the private prison industry to be subject to it.

The Private Prison industry is able to curtail certain laws already put into place and this is one of them. Protect your constituents and school children by providing this one safeguard for them.

Thank you.
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Sincerely,