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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.


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