AUSTIN—Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Right on Crime initiative published the policy brief, Community Corrections in Florida.

“Florida relies on prison in lieu of alternatives to incarceration at a much higher rate than many other states, particularly for lower-level offenders.” Greg Glod, director of state initiatives for the Right on Crime initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. “There are a variety of evidence-based reforms other states such as Texas, Georgia, and Utah have implemented that would address many of Florida’s current supervision issues, such as high supervision revocation rates, which would, in turn, increase public safety.”

Key Points:

  • From 2012- 2014, 65 percent of individuals leaving prison did not receive any post-release supervision, mainly due to Florida’s “max-out” laws.
  • In 2018, 59 percent of supervision revocations were due to technical revocations, not a new criminal offense.
  • Nearly identically situated individuals sentenced to supervision had a lower recidivism rate than those first sent to prison.

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