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Viewers respond to non-violent inmates possibly freed to save money

Lisa Spooner

Viewers respond to non-violent inmates possibly freed to save money

CREATED Oct. 31, 2011 - UPDATED: Oct. 31, 2011

WFTX - Some in Florida would like to see non-violent inmates freed In order to save your tax dollars.

A group called Florida Tax Watch says overcrowding is an issue that's only putting a strain on state and local governments.

The group is suggesting a few alternatives:

  • Using electronic monitoring as an alternative to prison
  • Authorizing parole for certain inmates who were juveniles when sentenced and are older now.
  • Reclassifying low level drug possession as a misdemeanor., which could reduce or even eliminate prison time in some cases.

Under current Florida law, inmates that are not convicted murderers or rapists, must serve at least 85% of their sentence in order to be eligible for parole.

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