Florida Smart Justice Alliance to host two-day summit on cost-effective criminal justice

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd will headline a series of meetings this week to examine ways to improve the state’s approach to criminal justice.

The Florida Smart Justice Alliance is presenting “Smart Alternatives for a Safer Florida,” the Third Annual Justice Summit January 27 – 29 at the Hilton Orlando in Altamonte Springs. The public-safety advocate group, comprised of business leaders statewide, believes criminal justice costs too much without a reduction in recidivism.

In addition to speeches by Bondi and Judd, the two-day event features series of panel discussions on the latest development in justice reform advocacy. The focus will include subjects such as treating drug offenders, strategies to reduce relapses and find alternatives to incarceration.

Bridges of America, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Florida TaxWatch among others serve as hosts.  

Smart Justice Alliance is an extension of the Associated Industries of Florida’s Smart Justice Council, created to highlight changes for improving public safety while reducing burdens to taxpayers. Led by the Associated Industries of Florida and the Collins Center for Public Policy, Smart Justice works to develop cost-effective public safety guidelines that ensure offenders remain accountable.

Hotel reservations for the conference are available by calling (407) 830-1985. The Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs is at 350 S. Northlake Blvd in Altamonte Springs.

For more information and a schedule of events, visit JusticeSummit.org.

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