Former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, currently running a bid to replace term-limited Florida Governor Rick Scott, released a criminal justice reform plan that highlights sentencing changes and juvenile-justice reforms. She calls for reduced sentences for nonviolent drug possessions, decriminalizing personal marijuana possession, reviews on mandatory minimum sentences and to allow any judge to deviate from them. in addition, she also calls for state attorneys to conduct a review process before juveniles are tried as adults.
In a statement, she commented that “For too long, the politicians in Tallahassee have ignored the inequity and pervasive prejudice in Florida’s criminal justice system. While they’ve failed to act, Floridians have been hurt by mass incarceration, increasing costs and devastating cuts.”
Graham also added that “We face a crisis today and can not afford to continue with the status quo. As governor, I will fight for impactful progressive policies that can pass the legislature with bipartisan support.”
Her plan was also endorsed by former Leon County Public Defender Nancy Daniels, Democratic State Senator Darryl Rouson from St. Petersburg and former Attorney General Bob Butterworth.
In a statement, Butterworth explained that “For too long, Florida has put more emphasis on putting people in prison than on what happens once they are behind bars or when they return to our communities. Gwen Graham’s plan will make our state safer by reducing recidivism and helping returning citizens as they transition back into our communities.”