ACLU of Florida proposes 14 ways to decrease overcrowding at Escambia County Jail

The ACLU of Florida recently published a report, with 14 recommendations to decrease overcrowding at the Escambia County Jail. The report, titled “Smart Jail for Escambia County: Factsheet and Recommended Solutions,” notes that Escambia County spends about $46.5 million annually on incarceration. In addition to recommendations to address overcrowding, the report also addresses issues such…

2017 Florida bills propose a variety of criminal justice reforms

2017 Florida bills propose a variety of criminal justice reforms. A Florida Senate Bill (SB 290) sponsored by Criminal Justice and Darryl Rouson (D) proposes ending mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenses, allowing judges to depart from the 118 mandatory minimum sentences under Florida law [CS/HB 641 is a similar House bill]. The bill would exclude…