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Joe Henderson: Jeff Brandes’ push for criminal justice reform just makes sense

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State Sen. Jeff Brandes has the right idea. No politician wants to be tagged with the label of weak on crime, but with Florida’s prison system costing taxpayers more than $2 billion a year, maybe there is a better and more reasonable way to deal with some lawbreakers. Give Brandes, a Republican, credit, not only for his willingness to explore those options but also bucking the trend in his own party while doing so. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently…

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Rick Scott calls for widespread pay raises for corrections officers

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Gov. Rick Scott is looking to give Florida corrections officers a pay raise, including $38 million for the state’s prison system in his proposed budget. Mary Ellen Klas of the Miami Herald reports that the increase, part of the budget Scott will announce Tuesday, is for “officers up to and including the rank of captain.” Also, Scott wants to offer a $1, 000 signing bonus to new officers at certain understaffed prisons, and boost pay for officers at prison mental-health…

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