February 27, 2022

Guest Column: Florida should use ARPA funds to bolster criminal justice reform

“Where would we get the money from?” has been a resounding question from lawmakers when they are confronted with requests to increase funding for existing programs or allocate new funds to push for reform. Thanks to the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Florida has been given a great opportunity to withdraw from a new pot of money. The Legislature can take advantage of these funds to improve the deteriorating conditions of the Department of Corrections (DOC).  

President Biden signed ARPA into law on March 11, 2021, to grant financial relief to states and local governments to recover from the sustained effects of COVID-19. The funds are one-time-only, and $8.8 billion was allocated to Florida. Thus far, Florida has received roughly $4.41 billion, and those dollars have gone towards infrastructure, education, workforce development, and environmental projects.  

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