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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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Rick Scott declares opioid emergency in Florida

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Rick Scott is declaring a public health emergency across Florida due to the epidemic of heroin and other opioids abuse, addiction, and overdose deaths wracking the Sunshine State. While the governor signed an executive order Wednesday following action by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which declared a national opioid epidemic, it comes months after Democrats and a few others around the state urged him to declare an emergency. Scott’s order will allow state officials to immediately draw down on…

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