Advocating for the just and humane treatment of those who are incarcerated.
Yes, you heard it right. If you are incarcerated in the state of Florida, your visitation privileges can be suspended indefinitely. Doesn’t matter if you’re married, in a relationship, have children or just a long, lost friend, visitation is considered a privilege and can be denied accordingly. Although extensive studies have shown that family support […]
This article, scripted by Linda Lowen for About.com, addresses the Romeo & Juliet Law which Florida, Indiana, Connecticut and Texas adopted in 2007. This law allows a teen whose sexual partner is at least 14-years-of-age and 4 years younger or less, to be exempt from the Sexual Offender registry. When Shakespeare brought Romeo and Juliet […]
A February 10th article in the Huffington Post quotes Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, stating that there are more African Americans under correctional control today – in prison or jail, on probation or parole – than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began. This sudden and dramatic mass incarceration of […]
Challenge your political candidates. Seriously consider those candidates who will take the unpopular stand on improving Correctional policies and reinstate the Parole system in the state of Florida. Though getting ‘tough on crime’ has been politically profitable to candidates, there is a lot of power in the hands of the 200,000+ Florida voters who have a loved one incarcerated in the Florida Department of […]
Before you post bond make sure that you do not become a victim of system error and pay more than is required. At the first appearance, after being arrested, the court will set bond. Oftentimes, defendants are released on their own recognizance (ROR) so many individuals will not bond out immediately but will wait to see what will happen at their […]
According to an Oct. 2009 article by David M. Reutter entitled ‘Florida DOC and Keefe Gouge Prisoners on Commissary Sales’, the cost of items in Florida’s prison canteens has skyrocketed. Florida law requires that items sold in prison canteens “shall be priced comparatively with like items for retail sale at fair market prices.” The example is given of a […]
Once a person becomes a convicted felon, access to the ballot is lost. Not only does this prevent a felon from casting a vote at the polls, it prevents him/her from signing any petition for change which may have a direct socio-economical-political impact on him/her even if they are law-abiding, productive members of society. ‘Restoration of Civil Rights’ under our Hot […]