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State Legislative Affairs
By Scott Ehlers
SLN News columns.
Collateral Consequences Florida: Ex-Offender Task Force Makes Recommendations on Reducing Collateral Sanctions
In 2005, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush issued an executive order to create an
Ex-Offender Task Force to improve the re-entry of people from prison to
the community and reduce recidivism. Since then, the 17-member task
force has issued two reports that have made a variety of recommendations
on how the state of Florida can ease the transition from prison and
improve the likelihood that ex-offenders can be gainfully employed and
In November 2006, the task force issued its “Final Report to the
Governor,” which contained 15 recommendations. Among other things, the
task force recommended that the Florida Department of Corrections place
more emphasis on, and commit more resources to reentry; develop
individualized reentry plans for all inmates; and transform their
community facilities into “transition release centers.” At the local
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