March 24, 2016
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TALLAHASSEE,Fla - The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) applauds Governor Rick Scott for signing HB 1149 into law today which allows alternative punishments for technical violations of probation. This legislation was passed by the Florida Legislature on March 4, and was sponsored by Representative Ross Spano and Senator Jeff Brandes.
Secretary Julie Jones said, “Governor Scott recognizes that it is critical to the public safety of our state and success of our offenders to employ innovative, strategic and data-driven programs that reduce recidivism, increase offender accountability, improve supervision outcomes and build safer communities. I want to thank Governor Scott for continuing to support the Department’s legislative priorities, and thank Representative Ross Spano and Senator Jeff Brandes for sponsoring this good bill. Through bills such as HB 1149, we are working to create a smarter criminal justice system in Florida.”
The Alternative Sanctioning Program authorizes the court and FDC to report and resolve certain technical violations quickly so that offenders are immediately accountable for their actions. The legislation also provides benefits to both Florida’s communities and various partners in the criminal justice system, including:
Since establishing this program in February of 2013, judges in 12 counties within 6 judicial circuits have agreed to implement the Alternative Sanctioning Program via Administrative Order. The Administrative Order includes the eligibility criteria, reporting process, specific technical violations that may be addressed through the program and the pre-approved sanctions for each technical violation.
To learn more about the Office of Community Corrections, please visit http://www.dc.state.fl.us.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 98,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.