Florida Senate - 2021 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 620 Ì177598jÎ177598 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Criminal Justice (Bracy) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Subsection (6) is added to section 947.002, 6 Florida Statutes, to read 7 947.002 Intent.— 8 (6) The commission shall consider an inmate’s institutional 9 achievements, lack of disciplinary report, and all indications 10 of the lack of risk to the public in the decision to parole an 11 inmates from the incarceration portion of the inmate's sentence. 12 Section 2. Section 947.136, Florida Statutes, is created to 13 read: 14 947.136 Long-Term Inmate Program.— 15 (1) The commission and the department shall jointly develop 16 a long-term inmate program, housed within the department, for 17 inmates who are eligible for parole under this chapter to 18 prepare such inmates for reintegration into the community. 19 (2) The long-term inmate program shall be a voluntary 20 program that provides evidence-based programming to inmates who 21 are within 3 years of their presumptive parole release date as 22 established by the commission under s. 947.172. 23 (3) Inmates must be referred by the commission for 24 participation in the long-term inmate prior to the department 25 placing the inmate into the program. An inmate who meets the 26 following criteria may be referred by the commission for 27 placement into the long-term inmate program: 28 (a) Does not have factors, as identified in rule, which 29 would preclude placement at an institution operating a long-term 30 inmate program. 31 (b) Must be serving a parole-eligible sentence. Inmates who 32 have subsequently received a parole-ineligible sentence may be 33 considered for participation on a case-by-case basis. 34 (4) To successfully complete the long-term inmate program, 35 inmates participating must, at a minimum: 36 (a) Complete at least 250 hours of community service 37 projects, as approved by the department. 38 (b) Participate in at least 100 hours of enrichment 39 programs, as defined by rule. 40 (c) Complete an evidence-based curriculum, as provided in 41 rule that, at a minimum, address: 42 1. Anger management; 43 2. Criminal thinking; 44 3. Educational and vocational needs; 45 4. Family relationships; 46 5. Lifestyle and wellness; 47 6. Substance use disorder treatment; and 48 7. Victim impact. 49 (5) Inmates participating in the long-term inmate program 50 are expected to perform their duties and assignments as 51 instructed by their assignment supervisor. Inmates who fail to 52 complete duties and assignments as instructed may be removed 53 from the program. 54 (6) Upon successful completion of the program, an inmate 55 shall be awarded a certificate of completion. Successful 56 completion of the program does not guarantee that an inmate will 57 be paroled and program participation may not extend the length 58 of the inmate's sentence. 59 (7) The commission and the department shall adopt rules as 60 necessary to implement the long-term inmate program. 61 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021. 62 63 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 64 And the title is amended as follows: 65 Delete everything before the enacting clause 66 and insert: 67 A bill to be entitled 68 An act relating to long-term inmates; amending s. 69 947.002, F.S.; revising legislative intent concerning 70 the granting of parole; creating s. 947.136, F.S.; 71 requiring the Commission on Offender Review and the 72 Department of Corrections to jointly develop a 73 voluntary long-term inmate program; requiring the 74 program to provide evidence-based programming to 75 certain inmates; establishing eligibility for referral 76 for participation in the program; providing program 77 requirements; providing that inmates may be removed 78 from the program under certain circumstances; 79 requiring a certificate of completion upon successful 80 completion of the program; providing that successful 81 completion of the program does not guarantee parole; 82 requiring commission and the department to adopt 83 rules; providing an effective date.