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State Legislative Affairs

By Scott Ehlers

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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 self-sufficient.

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 level, “transitio

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