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Florida Lawmakers Should Visit, Learn More About State’s Prisons

Florida’s prisons are in crisis, and public safety hangs in the balance. Plagued by years of documented problems in staffing, safety, programming, health care, maintenance and litigation, history tells us that the Florida prison system will not fix itself. The reality is that another year without meaningful action by the Florida Legislature assures our prison system will persist as one of the most dangerous and unmanageable corrections systems in the nation. Floridians deserve a deliberate and accountable response, one that is informed by a realistic understanding of the system.

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Locking Up Girls Doesn’t Create Change, Research Does

For the past 30 years, I have worked with girls and young women throughout the state of Florida, and for six years I have led the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, which is a recognized leader in the advancement of the rights of girls, young women and youth who identify as female, especially those impacted by the justice system.

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Florida’s Longest-Serving Inmates: They Get Older, Sicker and More Well-behaved

An hour south of Miami, down the street from an alligator farm, a security guard buzzes visitors into the Homestead Correctional Institution. Each guest’s bags are run through a rickety metal detector and he or she is issued a panic button — a portable alarm that can be clipped to a waistband and pressed if an inmate attacks. 

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Florida Progressive Candidates Could Mean Big Changes in Broward County

On June 4, after 44 years in office, Broward County’s state attorney, Michael Satz, announced he’ll be stepping down. His departure could herald a sea change for the county’s criminal justice system, which has been marred by high-profile crimes and allegations of racially biased policing.

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Florida Mother Asks Why We Pull Out the Adult Card For Crimes

My daughter Taylor has been raised in adult jails and prisons since she was 15. She is now 19 and it will be another six years before she can come home. At that point, as she navigates being an adult in a world she’s never known, she’ll carry the burden of probation until she’s 35.