Florida Senate - 2021 SB 620 By Senator Bracy 11-00855-21 2021620__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to parole eligibility; amending s. 3 947.002, F.S.; revising legislative intent concerning 4 the granting of parole; requiring the Commission on 5 Offender Review to partner with the Department of 6 Corrections to adopt a specified program with certain 7 requirements; requiring rulemaking; providing an 8 effective date. 9 10 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 11 12 Section 1. Subsection (5) of section 947.002, Florida 13 Statutes, is amended, and subsection (6) is added to that 14 section, to read: 15 947.002 Intent.— 16 (5) It is the intent of the Legislature that the decision 17 to parole an inmate from the incarceration portion of the 18 inmate’s sentence is an act of discretion based on reliable 19 evidence,
grace of the stateand parole is shallnot be20 considered a right. 21 (6) The commission’s primary focus should be anticipating 22 an inmate will become parole eligible. The commission should 23 focus on an inmate’s institutional achievements, lack of 24 disciplinary reports, and all indications of the lack of risk to 25 the public in parole release of the inmate. The commission shall 26 partner with the department to create a lifer’s program for all 27 male and female inmates eligible for parole and adopt rules 28 ensuring that the lifer’s program is made equally available to 29 all inmates, both male and female. The commission shall expedite 30 those inmates who appear to have sufficient rehabilitation 31 achievements previously attained through completion of the 32 lifer’s program. 33 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.