Legislative Push For Another Death Penalty Fix Narrowly Passes First Committee

WFSU Click Here to Read Online Already, the Florida Supreme Court has rejected more than three dozen appeals involving death row inmates, who received their sentences before 2002 and did not require unanimous juries. A panel of Florida lawmakers is now trying again to make a fix to that part …

Senate committee approves bill protecting information stored on new electronic devices

The Capitolist Click Here To Read Online A proposal aimed at ensuring information stored on cell phones and other portable electronic devices would be protected by privacy laws passed the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Tuesday. Senate Bill 1256 prohibits “the intentional, unlawful access, without authorization, to a cellular phone, …

Report: If Lawmakers Don’t Do Anything, Fla. Prison Population Will Increase

WFSU Click Here to Read Online If Florida lawmakers don’t do anything policy wise soon, the state’s prison population could increase. That’s according to a report commissioned by the Florida Senate to promote the need for prison reform. The report is called “Data-Driven Solutions to Improve Florida’s Criminal Justice System.” …

Florida House, Senate Start Work On Criminal Justice Budget Proposals

WFSU Click Here to Read Online About $5 million separates the Florida House and Senate’s criminal justice budget. But, while there are some differences, there are areas where both chambers agree. The Senate’s budget proposal is just over $4.6 billion. Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) chairs the Senate Budget committee …

Harsh drug trafficking sentences may get major overhaul in Florida

News Channel 8 Click Here to Read Online TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Going back to the days of reputed drug traffickers like Pablo Escobar, the Medellin Cartel and former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega, Florida’s drug trafficking laws – and their stiff minimum mandatory prison sentences – have been viewed as …

Dental Therapists Can Soothe Florida’s Dental Shortage Pains

Sun Sentinel Click Here to Read Online Florida is facing an oral care crisis. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 5.5 million Floridians, over one quarter of the state’s population, reside in 232 communities designated as “Dental Care Health Professional Shortage Areas” (HPSAs). From …

Fight Club: Audit documents Florida juvenile justice failures

Miami Herald Click Here to Read Online Florida juvenile justice administrators sometimes fail to report the deficiencies of their privately run youth programs, and don’t always ensure breakdowns are corrected even when they are documented, says a new report by the state’s Auditor General. The state’s top government auditor reviewed …

Florida’s harsh driver’s license suspensions draw Senate scrutiny

The Buzz Click Here to Read Online Chasing a national trend, the Florida Legislature is rethinking its long history of punitive laws that punish drivers for many offenses not related to driving. The Senate Transportation Committee Thursday approved a bill (SB 1270) that would in many cases end practices that …

Sen. Brandes calls it “a new day” in the Legislature when it comes to criminal justice reform

The Capitolist Click Here to Read Online When it comes to reforming the state’s criminal justice system, one state senator calls it a “new day in the Florida Legislature.” “I think you’re seeing bold, bold decisions being made on both sides,” said Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, who chairs the …