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What’s Ahead Legislatively For Florida’s Prison, Juvenile Justice Systems? – WFSU

Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary Julie Jones has created a budget at the Governor’s request that will focus on inmate and officer safety, as well as reducing recidivism. An estimated $40 million will go toward facility repair and renovations and another $40 million will go towards staffing, including a 10-percent raise for mental health workers in juvenile facilities. The Governor’s recommended budget also includes $5.2 million in funding for additional residential capacity of 60 treatment beds and $5.3 million to provide evidence-based residential services. Read more.