Criminal Justice

Florida Tech Study Finds Success In Mental Health Court

Aug 2, 2017

A new study out of Florida Tech finds defendants who make it through mental health court are less likely to be arrested again.

Mental Health Courts Curb Recidivism

Jul 26, 2017

A new study from the Florida Institute of Technology finds that criminal defendants who graduate from mental health court are much less likely to be re-arrested.

Despite past failed legislative attempts, a bipartisan pair of lawmakers is vowing to continue their work on criminal justice reform—particularly within Florida’s prison system.

Florida has one of the largest prison populations in the U.S. As of 2016, there were 99,000 people incarcerated in the state. The number peaked in 2011 with roughly 102,300 people in prison.

Renata Sago, WMFE

  Heads nod and papers shuffle at a small meeting for Florida Abolitionist inside an unassuming office building in Winter Park. Staff member sit in a circle discussing new human trafficking cases and deciding whose turn it will be to oversee the organization’s emergency hotline.