Offender reentry bill reemerges

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Qualified nonviolent offenders would be allowed to reduce their prison time if they successfully complete a substance abuse and community reentry program under a bill filed Wednesday by Senator Jeremy Ring.

A similar but more expansive bill was vetoed last year by Gov. Rick Scott. “Justice to victims is not served when a criminal is permitted to be released early from a sentence imposed by the courts,” Scott said in a veto message last year to HB 177. Unlike last year’s measure, Ring’s bill would limit the amount of reduced sentence the inmate could receive to a year or less. Under last year’s bill, qualified candidates could cut up to half of their sentence.

Via the News Service of Florida.

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