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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