Rep. Rouson celebrates Gov. Scott's signing of legislation expanding drug courts

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State Representative Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, issued remarks today as the House Sponsor of SB 400, relating to the state? drug courts. This bill allows more participants into the drug courts and saves the State of Florida millions of dollars by diverting them from prison. Representative Rouson agrees that one of the many dangers of substance abuse is that help is not available when it is needed. ?his law not only saves our state funding, but it gives those who have committed non-violent crimes?ecause of their addiction?reatment instead of more costly incarceration,?Rouson said. ?his law also gives individual judges more flexibility in dealing with individual cases and we have worked with the court system throughout the lawmaking process.? Federal stimulus dollars were committed in 2009 to divert offenders from the state Department of Corrections, and if used, a projected savings to the state over a period of years would have totaled $95 million. These saving have not been realized due to exclusionary criteria denying applicants treatment. The Florida Legislature issued a report in July of 2010 examining these findings. Rep. Rouson applauded Governor Scott? signing of the bill. ? appreciate the Governor? approval of my legislation,” Rouson concluded. ? also appreciate my sponsor in the Senate, Stephen Wise. The Senator and his staff have helped us tremendously through the process.?]>

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