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Florida lawmakers look to set non-violent ex-felons up for success

7:58 PM, Feb 19, 2013   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Two state lawmakers say they have a plan to help lower the number of repeat criminal offenders.
    
Senator Thad Altman and Representative Dennis Baxley filed legislation that would offer more drug treatment and vocation training to non-violent criminals in the last three years of their sentences.
    
Baxley believes the Department of Corrections can do more to help inmates be successful after they are released.

"That is our ultimate objective is fewer crimes and fewer crime victims, simply by doing some things smarter with people who are in our system we could reduce those recidivism numbers," Baxley said.

Two of every five inmates admitted to prisons are re-offenders.

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