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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  • by jerry barnes Location: wakulla on Jan 24, 2011 at 03:46 PM
    i really dont think texas is a verry good example. as i was told the county jail in houston is 10 storys high.
  • by Bolillo Location: Wakulla on Jan 24, 2011 at 02:53 PM
    just do it; Think "outside the box." Why limit to only inmates on death row. I say, "Three strikes and you're out."
  • by just do it on Jan 24, 2011 at 02:27 PM
    I can give you one cost cutting measure... proceed with the executions of Death row inmates. There's a bunch of them and this will save on food, clothing. medical and housing them. Just do it....
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