Smart Reforms to Prison Time Served Requirements in Florida

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Smart Reforms to Prison Time Served Requirements in Florida

March 28, 2019

Abstract

This report examines how adjustments to Florida’s length of stay requirements would reduce the state’s prison population with minimal impact on additional justice system contact. One in three people in the Florida prison population (34%), if released immediately, would experience no additional justice system contact during the balance of their original prison terms, even with no additional reentry support.  Adjustments to reduce time served requirements, including minor ones, would have a significant impact on reducing Florida prison population. If the time served requirement dropped from 85% to 80%, for example, the prison population would instantly decline by 5%, and 98% of those released would experience no increased likelihood of rearrest. Drawing from the sentencing reform strategies of other states, the report concludes with recommendations for specific policy options that Florida could employ to revise its time served policies.

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