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4:13 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

'Revenge Porn' Ban, Bill Aimed At Addressing Inmate Escapes Head To Senate Floor

MGN Online

A slew of measures passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with some now heading for floor votes. That includes the so-called "revenge porn" ban and a bill aiming to address the state's inmate escapes.

"Revenge Porn" Ban

Florida is one step closer to joining New Jersey and California on the list of states with their own so-called “revenge porn” bans on the books.

Altamonte Springs Republican Senator David Simmons says his bill deals with a crime directed mainly at women.

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State News
5:51 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Procedural Changes In Store For Florida's Criminal Justice System

FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey talks to reporters Wednesday, following a Senate hearing where he updated lawmakers on the agency's crime lab operations scandal.
Sascha Cordner WFSU-FM

Procedural changes are in store for Florida’s criminal justice system. State lawmakers must address the escapes of several felons who used forged court documents to secure their release. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is also reviewing its crime lab operations, after the recent arrest of a former chemist suspected of tampering with drug evidence in multiple cases.

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State News
6:35 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Money Needed For Likely Inmate Uptick Troubles Some, Given Florida’s Crime Drop

MGN Online

As Governor Rick Scott continues to tout Florida’s lowered crime rate, some question why he’s putting more money into the criminal justice budget.  It comes as the Florida Department of Corrections prepares for a projected increase in the state’s inmate population.

According to the latest Criminal Justice Estimating Conference, the state’s prison population is expected to soon rise, even though Florida is at a 42-year crime low.

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State News
7:19 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Warning Shot Bill Passes Senate Panel; DOC Sec. Talks Deficit, Prison Health Care

Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mike Crews talks to lawmakers at a Senate Criminal Justice Committee Wednesday.
Florida Channel

A panel of Florida lawmakers moved several bills forward Wednesday attempting to address certain hot-button issues within the state’s criminal justice system from juvenile sentencing to unintended consequences of firing a warning shot. They also confirmed the appointment of Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mike Crews, who also gave Senators an update on the prison system.

DOC Secretary Talks Budget Deficit, Prison Health Care Privatization

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State News
6:50 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Bill Aimed At Helping Ex-Inmates Has Some Worried Over ‘Disciplinary’ Provision

Senator Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville) at the Senate Criminal Justice Committee Monday, voicing her concern about part of a bill that would help released inmates get an ID card and birth certificate for free.
Florida Channel

Florida lawmakers are reconsidering a failed legislative effort last year aimed at reducing the chances of former inmates coming back into the state’s prison system. But, while most consider getting ex-inmates on the path to getting a job and a house a good thing, others say some parts of the bill need more work.

Identification Cards

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