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Florida Conservative Groups Announce the Results of a “Smart Justice” Poll

| January 19, 2012

Earlier today, Florida TaxWatch and Associated Industries of Florida released a new poll under their “Smart Justice” initiative. The poll surveyed 800 registered Florida Republicans who self-identified as likely voters. Among the most interesting findings:

• More than 80% support changes to the Florida criminal justice system to utilize supervised work-release programs, mandatory drug testing, and mental health treatment programs for non-violent offenders
• 73% agree that fewer people convicted of non-violent crimes should be sent to prison, and the savings should be redirected to create a stronger probation and parole system
• 83% agree that offenders under the age of 18 should be handled by the juvenile justice system
• 81% support evidence-driven, community-based alternatives to juvenile prisons

The complete poll results are available here.


VIBRANT P. REDDY is Senior Fellow for criminal justice issues at the Charles Koch Institute. Previously, Reddy was the Senior Policy Analyst for both Right on Crime and the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice. He has authored several reports on criminal justice policy and is a frequent speaker and media commentator on the topic. Reddy has worked as a research assistant at The Cato Institute, as a law clerk to the Honorable Gina M. Benavides of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals of Texas, and as an attorney in private practice, focusing on trial and appellate litigation. Reddy graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Plan II Honors, Economics, and History, and he earned his law degree at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and of the State Bar’s Appellate Section and Criminal Justice Section.