Challenges in the Florida prison system related to misconduct and neglect have increased attention to sentencing and corrections issues. Along with discussions about conditions of confinement, policy debates related to Florida’s high imprisonment rates have emerged. Recent reforms to mandatory minimums for prescription drugs and assault passed the legislature by overwhelming bipartisan majorities and bills that would revise other mandatory minimum sentences, incentivize participation in rehabilitation programs, and expand release eligibility were introduced last session. Advocates and leaders are also engaged in efforts to restore voting rights for the nearly 1.6 million people who have been disenfranchised because of a felony conviction.
Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ) is building partnerships with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition to restore voting rights for people with old felony records and supporting efforts to build capacity for other justice reforms. ASJ is also working with the Walking One Stop to bring resources to underserved communities impacted by crime and violence. Additional ASJ partnerships are being explored and developed as our efforts are just beginning.