Colson Praises Scott's Plan for Reforming Prisons

By: The News Service of Florida
By: The News Service of Florida

Chuck Colson knows a little bit about prisons. The former Nixon White House staffer spent time in one as a prisoner after Watergate, and now runs a prison ministry. In a speech that was part sermon, part praise for Gov.-elect Rick Scott, Colson said Tuesday he likes Scott because of the incoming governor’s interest in reforming prisons. Colson also said a lot of the people in prison don’t need to be there – that they’ve committed non-violent crimes and could be in the community working and paying restitution, keeping prison budgets lower. “That’s a conservative response to crime,” said Colson at the pre-inaugural prayer breakfast at Florida A&M. Colson also urged that Scott and the audience consider what Colson said was the first institution created by God, the institution of marriage between a man and a woman. He also urged a sense of civic duty, urging the crowd to pray for Scott but not to expect the state to have all the answers and to “get busy in your own communities.”


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2011 at 12:53 PM
    My significant other was sentenced to 26 months for a nonviolent crime. He was just diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma at age 26 and the Dr at the prison says he will probably not live to see summer. Its horrible that a 26 y/o has to die in prison for a petty non-violent crime. He has never harmed a soul in all his life. FL will not release him and taxpayers will continue to pay for his expensive treatments. He has probably cost FL close to $1 million in hospital bills so far...doesn't quite seem fair to the hard-working taxpayers. And not fair for him to die alone in prison surrounded by terribly violent criminals. The whole prison system is just plain messed up. There is no reason NOT to let the non-violent criminals out who have just months of a sentence left.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2011 at 01:20 PM
    Why don't we just do away with the laws if we are not going to hold the people who break them responsible? Can you see this country in the years to come when the criminals know if they break the law they are not going to have to pay? These criminals are not getting sent to prison on a first time offense, unless it is a very bad offense. I've seen so many post about pot users going to prison, that if the truth be know it wasn't their first time getting caught. There is no one who has been sent to prison for just smoking pot unless they have a past record, on probation or something else.
  • by concerned also on Jan 5, 2011 at 10:51 AM
    He better reform the system so he doesnt end up there
  • by concerned Location: tally on Jan 5, 2011 at 08:11 AM
    IF YOU WANT TO PUT PEOPLE IN PRISON, GET THE FACTS FIRST AND STOP GOING BY HE SAY, SHE SAY, THATS WHATS WRONG WITH THE SYSTEM NOW,,,LOOK AT THE MAN THAT DONT THIRTY YEARS FOR NO REASON, NOW YOU GOT TO PAY HIM. THE SYSTEM IS SO MESSED UP.
  • by Pat Location: Fl on Jan 5, 2011 at 07:33 AM
    My son was working, and paying his restitution. It was a victim-less crime, but because of these laws he was sentenced to three years. First time non- violent offender. It seems ironic to me, that he had to quit his job, that are so hard to find, to go to prison. Makes no sense all at.
  • by Surprise Location: leon county on Jan 5, 2011 at 06:40 AM
    Prisons being built like cord wood? Build em and the people will come. Law abiding today but? if they won't you and with so many laws? some being non laws they will get you and? They have a cell for you too when the bell tolls out you new number sans your name. (wink)
  • by alice Location: crawfordville on Jan 5, 2011 at 05:37 AM
    prison does turn around a person,Colson should know
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