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“There’s no real long term plan:” former Sen. Jeff Brandes sounds alarm on Florida’s prison system

Florida’s prison system faces a crisis of aging facilities, staffing shortages, and a growing inmate population that could overwhelm existing infrastructure within two decades, a ...
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Here’s what lawmakers are doing about Florida’s prison crisis

Florida lawmakers are poised to allocate millions of dollars for state prison maintenance that’s been put off for decades, but it’s just a fraction of ...
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Audit: ‘Urgent need’ to improve state prison system – will FL state budget reflect that?

But former Sen. Brandes, who championed criminal justice and prison reform during his tenure in the Legislature, says that lawmakers need to understand that having ...
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LISTEN: Report Slams Florida For High Fees and Fines for Low-Level Charges

A new report from the public defense group of the American Bar Association says Florida’s court systems are driving low-income people accused of low-level crimes ...
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Jeff Brandes: Florida Policy Project applauds the comprehensive American Bar Association report criticizing fines and fees system in Florida’s courts.

The fines and fees Florida places on those facing low-level charges creates a negative cycle and a no-win scenario for indigent defendants. Florida Policy Project ...
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Jeff Brandes: Florida Legislature taking the wrong approach on social media

The proposed House Bill 1 (HB 1) in Florida, under the guise of “Social Media Use for Minors,” represents not only a concerning legislative overreach ...
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