TALLAHASSEE — Thanks to its gung-ho approach to lengthening jail time, Florida led the charge in beefing up prison sentences during the past two decades at a taxpayer cost of more than $1 billion a year, according to a new study by the Pew Center on the States.
The nonprofit organization’s report, titled “Time Served: The High Cost, Low Return of Longer Prison Terms,” examined prisoner-release data from 35 states, representing 89 percent of the prison releases in 2009. It concluded that prisoners served an average of nine more months in custody — 36 percent longer — than offenders released in 1990.
Our goal at Lawton911 and the Reality Check Program is to keep people out of a broken system. If you read my book Gangster Redemption you will hear some horrific prison abuse stories. I didn’t tell the stories to garner sympathy or pity.
I told the horror stories to let people know what really goes on in prisons and jails. I receive calls almost daily from people all over the country telling me about the abuses going on in jails and prisons. I even hear from former guards who are filled with guilt and shame for Read More