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Jo⁠i⁠n⁠t⁠ S⁠t⁠a⁠t⁠emen⁠t⁠ on ⁠t⁠he Sena⁠t⁠e Appropr⁠i⁠a⁠t⁠⁠i⁠ons Comm⁠i⁠⁠t⁠⁠t⁠ee’s Unan⁠i⁠mous Passage of Cr⁠i⁠m⁠i⁠nal Jus⁠t⁠⁠i⁠ce Reform Package

By: Logan Padgett / 2020


January 16, 2020


Logan Elizabeth Padgett

(850) 386-3131

Joint Statement on the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Unanimous Passage of Criminal Justice Reform

TALLAHASSEE- As the conservative coalition for practical criminal justice reform, we applaud Senator Rob Bradley and the Senate Appropriations Committee for unanimously approving a meaningful criminal justice reform package today, including a safety valve to restore some judicial discretion in drug sentencing. This safety value will give judges better options to address the challenges of addiction and offer alternatives for judges to do what they are employed to do- judge. Mandatory sentencing laws were adopted in the 1970s to reduce drug-related crime, but have failed to achieve their goals while creating significant negative unintended consequences. Florida spends $106 million annually incarcerating thousands of drug offenders serving mandatory minimum sentences – many are low-level, nonviolent, and even first-time offenders struggling with substance abuse problems of their own. It is both wise and practical for Florida to follow numerous other conservative states and reform our mandatory minimum sentencing laws in ways that will both improve public safety and promote better use of taxpayer dollars. We commend the Florida Senate Appropriations Committee and look forward the Florida Legislature’s further consideration of this vital policy reform as they move through the 2020 session.


Sal Nuzzo
The James Madison Institute


Greg Newburn
Families Against Mandatory Minimums


Chelsea Murphy
Right on Crime


Skylar Zander
Americans for Prosperity- FL