In a previous post, we discussed the idea that reforming mandatory minimums, rather than privatizing the prison system, is likely the best solution for over-incarceration and prison overcrowding in Florida. First, we noted that mandatory minimum sentences provide unnecessarily harsh consequences for crimes that do not always warrant prison time. Additionally, we discussed the significant financial costs and general damage done to Florida's justice system as a result of those harsh sentences. With that overview, we can now further examine the widespread problems caused by mandatory minimums, and the resultant push for increased privatization of the prison system
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