Florida House passes inmate rehabilitation bill

Posted: March 8, 2012 in News and politics

Florida House passes inmate rehabilitation bill

The Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —         Some nonviolent felons could get their sentences shortened by completing a rehabilitation program under a bill that has cleared the Florida House.

The bill (HB 117) passed 112-4 on Thursday. It goes to the Senate where a similar measure (SB 448) is awaiting final committee approval.

Judges would be allowed to reduce sentences of inmates who successfully complete re-entry programs.

They would have to complete half of their sentences for nonviolent crimes and be in need of drug rehabilitation to qualify.

Only 377 inmates currently would meet the requirements.

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