Corrections Secretary Julie Jones Talks Upcoming Legislative Session Priorities

May 5, 2016

Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones speaking to reporters last year, following a committee hearing.
Credit Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

The head of the Florida’s prison system says she already looking ahead to the next legislative session.

Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones says she’s happy her alternative sentencing bill passed, during this past legislative session. She calls it an “important move” to reducing technical violations for those on probation coming back to prison. Now, Jones says she has some other priorities on her radar.

“And, one of the Department’s priorities next session will be vocational and educational programming for inmates,” she said. “So, an inmate that does come to the prison system, we intend—in the next two years—to make sure they’re properly evaluated and then have a program planned for the day that they come into the system. So, we’re doing a much better job in trying to change the criminogenic thinking and giving them the tools to succeed in community, as opposed to what we’re doing really good right now, which is just warehousing them.”

Jones adds she’s also looking forward to some sentencing reform initiatives by St. Petersburg Republican Senator Jeff Brandes. That may include looking into the age and health of prisoners, how long they stay in the system, and electronic monitoring.

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