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Intermediate Sanctions for Non-Violent Offenders Could Produce Savings, Report No. 10-27, March 2010
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  • Some states have implemented policies to reduce criminal justice costs by reserving prison beds for the most dangerous criminals and using intermediate sanctions for non-violent offenders. By 2015, Florida’s prison population is expected to grow to over 115,000 inmates, which would require building nine new prisons at a cost of over $862 million.
  • The Legislature could consider creating pilot programs to use intermediate sanctions for some non-violent offenders. These programs could produce significant cost savings by diverting some low-risk offenders to alternatives such as community supervision with electronic monitoring, probation and restitution centers, day reporting centers, and community residential substance abuse treatment.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Community Corrections
Department of Corrections

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 14-02 Expansion Drug Courts Can Produce Positive Outcomes Through Prison Diversion and Reduced Recidivism,published in January 2014.
  • Report No. 11-21 Expansion Drug Courts Serving More Prison-Bound Offenders, but Will Not Fully Expend Federal Funds,published in November 2011.
  • Report No. 10-54 Without Changes, Expansion Drug Courts Unlikely to Realize Expected Cost Savings,published in October 2010.

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