Mandatory Sentencing

Scott Signs Fentanyl, Pollution Notification Bills

Jun 15, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott signed measures Wednesday that will impose minimum mandatory sentences on people who traffic in the dangerous drug fentanyl and require increased public notification of pollution incidents.

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Calling Florida's criminal justice system "broken," and pointing to high rates of re-incarceration and growing costs to keep inmates in prison, the Florida ACLU and Lee County NAACP  are sponsoring a public forum Thursday night in Fort Myers to discuss reform.

Fifty-five years in prison is not the same as a life sentence, a Florida appeals court ruled Monday. The sentence was handed down to a 16-year-old Jacksonville boy for attempted murder.


Despite pleas from his family members, Gov. Rick Scott today turned down a request to release from a prison a central Florida man jailed for firing a warning shot.

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Earlier this month, President Barak Obama commuted the sentences of 46 inmates serving long prison sentences for non-violent drug offenses including 11 people in Florida and one in Fort Myers.  In a video statement from the White House, Obama said, “These men and women were not hardened criminals, but the overwhelming majority had been sentenced to at least 20 years.  14 of them had been sentenced to life for non-violent drug offenses so their punishment didn’t fit the crime.”

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