Gov. Jeb Bush is expressing outrage over the six Deltona killings at the hands of a probation violator who was not locked up days before the murders. Legislation that would force the lockup of violent offenders who violate the terms of their release failed during the last session.
Murder suspect Troy Victorino’s probation officer had two chances to lock up the Deltona ringleader before the murderous spree.
Department policy required an arrest warrant be issued if the officer offered only this explanation to his bosses on why he didn’t act.
Gov. Jeb Bush is expressing outrage and sorrow. He’s quick to point out that his corrections agency had a policy requiring the jailing of probationers who commit new offenses, and that the policy wasn’t followed.
Gov. Jeb Bush says, "This is a wake up call for all of the probation officers, a great majority of them do great work. This is a serious thing."
Following the brutal death of 11-year-old Carli Brucia at the hands of a probation violator last spring, the governor, the attorney general and lawmakers promised a get tough policy, but in the final hours of the legislative session, backbiting and bickering kept the get tough measure like many others from passing.
Now, just as he did last spring, Attorney Gen. Charlie Crist is calling for a state law requiring probationers who commit violent crimes be locked
"Obviously the point here is that it cries out for a more permanent type of solution that I think we will have an opportunity to address," says Crist.
Crist’s hope is that the force of law will make probation officers think twice about leaving someone on the street who has violated their probation.
There are about 150,000 Floridians on probation on any given day. If the "get tough" policy had been enacted last year, more than 40,000 of them would have been sent back to prison