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Families Against Mandatory Minimums

An inmate’s story highlights need for mandatory minimum drug sentencing reform

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Florida’s mandatory minimum sentencing laws are working as planned, putting thousands of people behind bars for an extended period in the wake of the state’s devastating opioid epidemic. While these measures aim to be tough on crime, they also come with a host of unintended consequences, including prison overcrowding, high costs and disproportionate punishment that often ruins the lives of nonviolent offenders battling drug addiction. Consider Kenneth Miller, serving 12 years at Lawtey Correctional Institute, to be followed by 10…

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House committee passes controversial changes to ‘Stand Your Ground’

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Members of the House Subcommittee on Criminal Justice passed a highly-contested bill Tuesday, potentially changing the state’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense laws. If passed, it would place the burden of proof on the prosecution (or state) in cases of those who claim self-defense immunity in acts of violence when brought before judiciary proceedings. HB 245 was co-sponsored by 41 legislators, led by Rep. Bobby Payne, who was present at the subcommittee. The bill gives procedural clarification in those cases of…

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