Florida Senate's proposed Second Look Act for juvenile offenders advances in committee
Added 02-26-20 02:23:01pm EST - “The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice on Tuesday approved the proposed Second Look Act, a measure that could make more than 4,200 incarcerated juveniles eligible for sentence reviews and possible release…” - Washingtonexaminer.com
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The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice on Tuesday approved the proposed Second Look Act, a measure that could make more than 4,200 incarcerated juveniles eligible for sentence reviews and possible release from prison.
Senate Bill 1308, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, advanced in a 6-1 vote. It has one stop in the Senate Appropriations Committee remaining before a chamber vote and transmittal to the House, where it will face resistance.
That reality was underscored Tuesday when the panel added proposals Brandes had filed as standalone measures into SB 1308 as amendments. Those proposals included sentencing retroactively, conditional medical release and aging inmate release.
Brandes, who has spearheaded the Legislature’s criminal justice reform effort for several years, said the amendments make SB 1308 the Senate’s criminal justice package for the 2020 session.
“The amendment removes certain mandatory minimums, expands forensic evidence (for use in exoneration as well as conviction) and use of the national DNA system,” he said.
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