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Fla. Lawmakers Look to Texas for Prison Advice

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --

Florida lawmakers are looking to Texas for advice on how to cut prison costs without appearing to be soft on crime.

Texas state Rep. Jerry Madden said Monday, Jan. 24 at a joint meeting of
two Florida Senate committees that one way his state saves money on prisons is to put nonviolent offenders on probation or free them on
parole.

Florida has abolished parole for most crimes.

The Plano Republican said another tactic is to rehabilitate
inmates by treating those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction
or mental health problems. He said the key is to provide those
services only to those who can benefit from them.

Madden said it's a waste of money to treat inmates who either
will or will not return to prison regardless of how much treatment
they get.


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