August 6, 2020

Florida Budget (FY 2020-21): Public Safety and Corrections

Image: "John E. Goode Pretrial Detention Center, Jacksonville, FL" by Jon Worth is licensed under cc-by-sa-2.0.

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Florida's Department of Corrections (DOC) is the third largest state prison system in the country. In fact, Florida’s incarceration rate is higher than all of the 13 founding NATO countries: USA, Canada, and the 11 European countries. Since 1996, the number of people serving 10 or more years has tripled. As a result,the state has not been able to properly respond to the costs and needs associated with its incarcerated population. Inmates’ health costs have significantly increased, which caused the department to experience a major budget deficit in FY 2018-19.

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