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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Every Case Matters

The inmate case file follows the inmate from the day he or she enters prison until the day of release. Each case tells a story. It may be a story of violence and loss. To us, these files reveal the faces of the victims of crime.

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Prisons are not erected primarily for the benefit of prisoners, but for the benefit and protection of society. Under the leadership of Governor Jeb Bush, the Florida Legislature has enacted tough mandatory sentencing laws. Governor Bush believed such initiatives would reduce violent crimes in Florida. He was right.

In the three years since Governor Bush's 10-20-Life initiative became law and widely advertised, crime in Florida involving guns has dramatically decreased. In addition, the Truth-in-Sentencing Law passed in 1995 requires felons to serve a minimum of 85% of their court-imposed sentences. Felons are staying in prison longer.

The 2001 Annual Crime Report issued by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirms that the rate of violent crimes involving firearms dropped 24% in just three years.

To us, every case matters.

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