Florida Senate - 2017 CS for SB 458 By the Committee on Appropriations; and Senators Brandes and Rouson 576-03495-17 2017458c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Florida Criminal Justice Reform 3 Task Force; creating the task force within the 4 legislative branch; specifying membership of the task 5 force; establishing the manner of appointments and the 6 terms of membership; prescribing duties of the task 7 force; specifying requirements for meetings of the 8 task force; requiring the task force to submit a 9 report to the Legislature by a specified date; 10 providing for staffing; specifying public records and 11 public meetings requirements applicable to the task 12 force; authorizing reimbursement for per diem and 13 travel expenses; providing for expiration; providing 14 an effective date. 15 16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 17 18 Section 1. Florida Criminal Justice Reform Task Force.—The 19 Florida Criminal Justice Reform Task Force is created within the 20 legislative branch of state government for the purpose of 21 conducting a comprehensive review of the state’s criminal 22 justice system, court system, and corrections system. 23 (1) MEMBERSHIP.—The task force is composed of 28 members, 24 as follows: 25 (a) Two members of the Senate, appointed by the President 26 of the Senate, not including any member designated pursuant to 27 paragraph (k). 28 (b) Two members of the House of Representatives, appointed 29 by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, not including 30 any member designated pursuant to paragraph (k). 31 (c) Two circuit judges, one of whom must have presided over 32 a mental health court or drug court, appointed by the chair of 33 the Conference of Circuit Judges of Florida. 34 (d) Two county court judges, appointed by the chair of the 35 Conference of County Court Judges of Florida. 36 (e) A justice of the Supreme Court or judge of a district 37 court of appeal, appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme 38 Court. 39 (f) A representative of the Florida State University 40 Project on Accountable Justice, appointed by the chair of the 41 organization’s executive board. 42 (g) A representative from a victim’s advocacy group, 43 appointed by the Governor from a list of three nominees 44 recommended by the chairs of the committees in the Senate and 45 the House of Representatives with jurisdiction over criminal 46 justice matters. 47 (h) Two county commissioners, appointed by the Florida 48 Association of Counties. 49 (i) A formerly incarcerated individual who has demonstrated 50 exceptional commitment to rehabilitation and community 51 improvement, appointed by the Governor from a list of three 52 nominees jointly recommended by the chairs of the committees in 53 the Senate and House of Representatives with jurisdiction over 54 criminal justice matters. 55 (j) Two representatives of the faith community, either 56 clergy or employees of faith-based policy organizations, 57 appointed by the Governor from a list of three nominees jointly 58 recommended by the chairs of the committees in the Senate and 59 the House of Representatives with jurisdiction over criminal 60 justice matters. 61 (k) The chairs of the committees of the Senate and House of 62 Representatives with jurisdiction over criminal justice matters, 63 or their designees. 64 (l) Two designees of the Executive Office of the Governor 65 with demonstrated knowledge in the criminal justice field. 66 (m) The Attorney General or his or her designee. 67 (n) The Secretary of Corrections or his or her designee. 68 (o) The Secretary of Juvenile Justice or his or her 69 designee. 70 (p) The president of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys 71 Association or his or her designee. 72 (q) The president of the Florida Public Defender 73 Association or his or her designee. 74 (r) The president of the Florida Association of Criminal 75 Defense Lawyers or his or her designee. 76 (s) The president of the Florida Sheriffs Association or 77 his or her designee. 78 (t) The president of the Florida Police Chiefs Association 79 or his or her designee. 80 (2) TERMS OF MEMBERSHIP.—Appointments to the task force 81 shall be made within 30 days of the effective date of this act. 82 For appointments that are selected from a list of nominees 83 jointly recommended by the chairs of the committees of the 84 Senate and the House of Representatives with jurisdiction over 85 criminal justice matters, the respective chairs shall submit the 86 names of nominees to the Governor within 15 days of the 87 effective date of this act. All members shall serve for the 88 duration of the task force. Any vacancy shall be filled by the 89 original appointing authority for the remainder of the task 90 force. The task force membership must reflect the racial, 91 gender, geographic, and economic diversity of the state, as well 92 as the diversity and demographics of the state’s prison 93 population. Individuals employed by or under contract with an 94 entity that contracts with the state or local governments to 95 provide corrections, mental health, substance abuse, reentry, or 96 similar criminal justice-related services are not eligible for 97 membership on the task force. Representatives from trade 98 associations, professional groups, or other organizations whose 99 membership or board consists of entities that provide 100 corrections, mental health, substance abuse, reentry, or similar 101 criminal justice-related services are not eligible for 102 membership on the task force. Any member may be removed by the 103 Governor for misfeasance, malfeasance, or willful neglect of 104 duty. 105 (3) DUTIES.— 106 (a) The task force is authorized and directed to study, 107 evaluate, analyze, and undertake a comprehensive review of the 108 state’s adult criminal justice system, using a data-driven 109 approach, to develop sentencing and corrections policy 110 recommendations for proposed legislation that will accomplish 111 the following goals: 112 1. Reduce correctional populations and associated 113 correctional spending by focusing prison capacity on serious 114 offenses and violent criminals. 115 2. Hold offenders accountable more efficiently by 116 implementing or expanding research-based supervision and 117 sentencing practices. 118 3. Reinvest savings into strategies shown to decrease 119 recidivism, including reentry outcomes. 120 (b) The task force shall request technical assistance from 121 nongovernmental research groups, including, but not limited to, 122 the Justice Reinvestment Initiative. The Department of 123 Corrections, the Department of Law Enforcement, the Office of 124 the State Courts Administrator, the Department of Juvenile 125 Justice, the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government 126 Accountability, and any other state agency or department shall 127 provide assistance, data, and other information to the task 128 force upon request. 129 (4) MEETINGS.—The task force shall hold its first meeting 130 within 60 days of the effective date of this act, upon the call 131 of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of 132 Representatives. At the first meeting, the task force shall 133 elect a chair and any other offices as it deems necessary from 134 among its membership. The task force shall hold a minimum of 135 four regular meetings. The task force shall meet upon the call 136 of the chair or a request of a majority of the membership. A 137 majority of the membership of the task force constitutes a 138 quorum. All members must be notified in writing of all meetings 139 at least 5 days before the date on which a meeting of the task 140 force is scheduled. However, an emergency meeting may be held 141 without the 5 days’ written notice if the meeting is scheduled 142 at the request of the entire membership. 143 (5) REPORT.—The task force shall submit a report of its 144 findings, conclusions, and recommendations for proposed 145 legislation to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of 146 the House of Representatives by the date of convening of the 147 2018 Regular Session of the Legislature. Upon submission of the 148 report, the task force is dissolved and discharged of further 149 duties. 150 (6) STAFFING.—The President of the Senate and the Speaker 151 of the House of Representatives shall appoint an executive 152 director and are authorized to assign legislative staff to 153 provide support for the task force. 154 (7) PUBLIC RECORDS AND PUBLIC MEETINGS.—The task force is 155 subject to policies governing public records disclosure 156 prescribed in the joint rules of the Senate and the House of 157 Representatives. All meetings of the task force must be open to 158 the public, and regularly scheduled meetings must be publicly 159 noticed at least 5 days before the date of the meeting. The task 160 force shall maintain records of its meetings. 161 (8) PER DIEM AND TRAVEL EXPENSES.—Task force members shall 162 serve without compensation but are entitled to receive 163 reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses as provided in s. 164 112.061, Florida Statutes. 165 (9) EXPIRATION.—This section expires January 31, 2018. 166 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.