Florida Senate - 2021 CS for SB 620 By the Committee on Criminal Justice; and Senator Bracy 591-02357-21 2021620c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to long-term inmates; amending s. 3 947.002, F.S.; revising legislative intent concerning 4 the granting of parole; creating s. 947.136, F.S.; 5 requiring the Commission on Offender Review and the 6 Department of Corrections to jointly develop a 7 voluntary long-term inmate program; requiring the 8 program to provide evidence-based programming to 9 certain inmates; establishing eligibility for referral 10 for participation in the program; providing program 11 requirements; providing that inmates may be removed 12 from the program under certain circumstances; 13 requiring a certificate of completion upon successful 14 completion of the program; providing that successful 15 completion of the program does not guarantee parole; 16 requiring the commission and the department to adopt 17 rules; providing an effective date. 18 19 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 20 21 Section 1. Subsection (6) is added to section 947.002, 22 Florida Statutes, to read: 23 947.002 Intent.— 24 (6) The commission shall consider an inmate’s institutional 25 achievements, lack of disciplinary report, and all indications 26 of the lack of risk to the public in the decision to parole an 27 inmate from the incarceration portion of his or her sentence. 28 Section 2. Section 947.136, Florida Statutes, is created to 29 read: 30 947.136 Long-Term Inmate Program.— 31 (1) The commission and the department shall jointly develop 32 a long-term inmate program, housed within the department, for 33 inmates who are eligible for parole under this chapter to 34 prepare such inmates for reintegration into the community. 35 (2) The long-term inmate program is a voluntary program 36 that provides evidence-based programming to inmates who are 37 within 3 years of their presumptive parole release date as 38 established by the commission under s. 947.172. 39 (3) Inmates must be referred by the commission for 40 participation in the long-term inmate prior to the department 41 placing the inmate into the program. An inmate who meets all of 42 the following criteria may be referred by the commission for 43 placement into the long-term inmate program: 44 (a) Does not have factors, as identified in rule, which 45 would preclude placement at an institution operating a long-term 46 inmate program. 47 (b) Must be serving a parole-eligible sentence. Inmates who 48 have subsequently received a parole-ineligible sentence may be 49 considered for participation on a case-by-case basis. 50 (4) To successfully complete the long-term inmate program, 51 inmates participating must, at a minimum: 52 (a) Complete at least 250 hours of community service 53 projects, as approved by the department; 54 (b) Participate in at least 100 hours of enrichment 55 programs, as defined by rule; and 56 (c) Complete an evidence-based curriculum as provided in 57 rule which, at a minimum, addresses: 58 1. Anger management; 59 2. Criminal thinking; 60 3. Educational and vocational needs; 61 4. Family relationships; 62 5. Lifestyle and wellness; 63 6. Substance use disorder treatment; and 64 7. Victim impact. 65 (5) Inmates participating in the long-term inmate program 66 are expected to perform their duties and assignments as 67 instructed by their assignment supervisor. Inmates who fail to 68 complete duties and assignments as instructed may be removed 69 from the program. 70 (6) Upon successful completion of the program, an inmate 71 shall be awarded a certificate of completion. Successful 72 completion of the program does not guarantee that an inmate will 73 be paroled and program participation may not extend the length 74 of the inmate’s sentence. 75 (7) The commission and the department shall adopt rules as 76 necessary to implement the long-term inmate program. 77 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.