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History of Legislation:

Florida raised the threshold weights that trigger mandatory sentences for Oxycodone and hydrocodone trafficking, and recalibrated mandatory sentences for those offenses. It also created a “safety valve” for certain aggravated assault offenses. In 2016 Florida repealed the mandatory minimum for aggravated assault with a firearm.  

Governor Rick Scott signed CS/SB 228, which repeals the mandatory minimum sentence for aggravated assault with a firearm! Beginning July 1, 2016 – and for the first time since 1999 – judges will have discretion over sentencing in aggravated assault cases. Learn more here. FAMM has worked for years to reform Florida’s 10-20-Life gun sentencing law. 

A new bill to implement a safety valve, a mechanism to enable judges to depart below the mandatory minimum under certain circumstances, has been introduced in the Florida Senate. The bill would restore needed judicial discretion for nonviolent felonies and misdemeanors that carry mandatory minimum sentences. Although it recently passed one committee stop, we do not expect the bill to become law this session; however, we are working closely with the bill’s sponsors and supporters, and hope to lay the groundwork for success in the near future.


   State Expenses/Budget: 

  • Florida Department of Corrections prison budget = $2.05 million 
  • Total State cost of prisons = $2.08 billion 
  • Average annual cost per inmate = $20,553  

   State Population: 19.89 million people 

    Prison Population: 

  • Housed: 98,010 inmates in its 150 correctional facilities
  • Supervised: over 136,500 active offenders on community supervision throughout the state.


How You Can Advocate for Sentencing Reform in Your State

You can do several things to work toward reforming your state’s sentencing laws – go to our get involved page to find out how.

Encourage your state lawmakers to support mandatory minimum sentencing reform. Be sure to connect with FAMM and other sentencing reformers on Facebook, Twitter, and by signing up for our email list.

Sentencing/Criminal Justice Reform Groups in this State:

March 6, 2017

LEAD Coalition Hoping To Team Up With Law Enforcement

Originally seen in WJHG. BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Encouraging peace and reducing violence are goals one local organization wants to accomplish. The Bay County LEAD Coalition met Thursday to talk about ways to make the area safer. Members of the Bay County LEAD Coalition gathered at the Bay County Public Library Thursday to talk… Read more »

February 10, 2017

FAMM Hails Drug Sentencing Reform Bill

For Immediate Release Contact: Greg Newburn, FAMM State Policy Director gnewburn@famm.org; 352.682.2542     FAMM Hails Drug Sentencing Reform Bill GAINESVILLE, Fla. – FAMM today praised the introduction of legislation designed to reform Florida’s sentencing laws. HB 731, introduced by Representative Katie Edwards (D, Plantation), builds on sentencing reform legislation Representative Edwards passed in 2014…. Read more »

February 9, 2017

Senate bill would strengthen fentanyl trafficking penalties

Originally seen in Florida Politics. With the opioid epidemic unceasing in the Sunshine State, a bill in the Florida Senate would tighten penalties against trafficking in fentanyl and synthetic drugs. Senate Bill 150, introduced by GOP Sen. Greg Steube from Sarasota, would also impose penalties related to selling, manufacturing, or delivering fentanyl and synthetic drugs “performed within… Read more »