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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.

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State News
6:41 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Senate Panel Passes Bill Aimed At Helping Florida's Ex-Inmates Get Free ID Cards

Florida Smart Justice Alliance President and CEO Barney Bishop is backing the bill aimed at helping released inmates get ID Cards and birth certificates. This proposal is a much watered-down version of a "Smart Justice" reform bill that failed last year.
Florida Channel

A group of Florida senators unanimously passed a bill Monday that aims to make life easier for ex-inmates upon their release from prison.

Upon their release from prison, Altamonte Springs Republican Senator David Simmons says it’s difficult for many inmates to get an ID card.  And, he says making it easier would lower recidivism. Under his bill, Florida-born inmates can get an ID card as well as a copy of their birth certificate upon their release.

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State News
4:39 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Would A Totally Electronic Court Order System Prevent More Fla. Inmates From Walking Out?

The e-filing process has three levels of verification. First, an attorney submits a motion to the system and the Clerk’s office receives it. Then the Clerk sends a confirmation back to the attorney before accepting the lawyer’s motion.
Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller's Office

Corrections, Law Enforcement and Clerks of Courts officials hopped between different legislative panels earlier this month, explaining to lawmakers how two inmates were able to walk free using forged release orders and how that practice might be stopped from happening in the future.

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State News
4:29 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

FDLE: Forged Documents Manufactured Within Prison Walls

FDLE now confirms one of the inmates used a contraband cell phone to communicate with a co-conspirator on the outside.
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New details about the October escapes of two inmates locked up at a Franklin County prison suggest investigators are dealing with an organized criminal operation and investigators say more arrests are imminent.

Officials from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Department of Corrections and Clerks of Court confirm the forged documents that convicts Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker used to escape were manufactured within the prison’s walls. But, FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey explained that there’s no indication the inmates had help from corrections staff.

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State News
11:10 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Lawmakers Begin Preparing Legislation On Inmate Release Procedures

The Florida Department of Corrections, Law Enforcement and the Clerks of Court all agree – one of the major problems with the state’s prisoner release procedure is lack of uniformity.
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Florida lawmakers on the Senate Criminal Justice Committee are preparing legislation to patch some of the holes in the state’s criminal justice system that led to the premature release of two Franklin County inmates. The Florida Department of Corrections, Law Enforcement and the Clerks of Court all agree – one of the major problems with the state’s prisoner release procedure is lack of uniformity.

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