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

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

10-20-Life, New Mandatory
Minimum Prison Sentences

10-20-Life
Florida's Tolerance for Crime is Over
Three Strikes.....and You're Out

New Mandatory Minimum Prison Sentences for:

  • Three Time Convicted Violent Felons
  • Drug Traffickers
  • Aggravated Assaults/Batteries on Law Enforcement Officers or an Elderly Person
  • Repeat Sexual Batterers
  • Pull a Gun - Mandatory 10 Years
  • Pull the Trigger - Mandatory 20 Years
  • Shoot Someone - 25 Years to Life (whether they live or die)
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Effective July 1, 1999, Florida Statutes shall be established to:
  • Increase to 10 years the minimum prison term for certain felonies or attempted felonies when the offender possesses a firearm or destructive device during commission of the offense or flight therefrom;

  • Mandate a 20 year minimum term of imprisonment when the firearm is discharged;

  • Mandate a minimum term of imprisonment of 25 years to life in prison if someone is injured or killed;

  • Mandate a minimum term of 3 years for possession of a firearm by a felon;

  • Mandate that the minimum term of imprisonment be served consecutively to any other term of imprisonment imposed;

  • Increase to 15 years the minimum prison term when the offender possesses a semiautomatic firearm and its high-capacity detachable box magazine or a machine gun;

  • Category of such offenses to include murder, sexual battery, robbery, burglary, arson, aggravated assault or aggravated battery, kidnapping, escape, aircraft piracy, aggravated child abuse, aggravated abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult, unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging of a destructive device or bomb, car jacking, home-invasion, robbery, aggravated stalking, trafficking in illegal drugs, capitol importation of illegal drugs.


  • Enhance mandatory penalties for specified repeat violent felony offenders. It requires that mandatory minimum sentences be applied to third convictions for committing, attempting, or conspiring to commit any of the following offenses including arson, sexual battery, robbery, kidnapping, aggravated child abuse, aggravated abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, murder, manslaughter, aggravated manslaughter of an elderly person or disabled adult, aggravated manslaughter of a child, unlawful throwing of a destructive devise or bomb, armed burglary, aggravated battery, aggravated stalking, or a similar offense in another jurisdiction.

  • Defendant is a three time violent felony offender if s/he commits a violent felony within five (5) years of the date of conviction or release from sanction or while serving a sentence for any one of the enumerated felonies and who has two prior felony convictions in two separate criminal incidents. Offenders shall receive a mandatory sentence of 5, 15, 30 years or life, depending on degree of felony.

  • Offender will be sentenced to the maximum extent of the law for committed felony.

  • Create mandatory prison sentences for persons convicted of drug trafficking. Mandatory minimum prison sentences of 3, 7, 15, 25 years, life or death will be imposed depending on the type and amount of the controlled substance. A minimum of three years will be mandated for any person convicted of possession, sale, importation, etc., of at least 25 pounds of cannabis, 4 grams of flunitrazepam, morphine, opium or heroin, 14 grams of amphetamine, 28 grams of cocaine and phencyclidine, or 200 grams of methaqualone. Penalties increase as the type and amount of the drugs increase or if use of the drug results in someone's death.

  • Mandates that a person shall serve a 3-year prison sentence, if convicted of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer or person age 65 or older or 5 years for aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer.

  • Establishes a new category of offense referred to as repeat sexual batterer and imposes a 10-year mandatory term under certain criteria including prior felony offenses.

This notification is provided as a courtesy; it is not intended to constitute an official interpretation of the law.

See also 10-20-Life Criminals Sentenced to Florida's Prisons.