Updated at 10pm on Saturday, 3/26/2016: From The Joint Homicide Investigative TeamAt approximately 6am Saturday morning a shooting took place in the 1900 block of Blackbird Drive in Apopka.The details and cause of the shooting are still under investigation. Several people fled the scene of the shooting in a vehicle. During the initial response by The Apopka Police Department, it was believed that at least one person was struck by gunfire.A vehicle linked to the shooting on Blackbird Drive was later encountered disabled on the side of SR 429 near SR 50. Two of the three 3 subjects inside the vehicle had sustained gunshot wounds. Both wounded subjects were transported to the hospital.One of the subjects succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased while at the hospital. The second wounded subject from the vehicle has been treated and released. Jasmine McAfee, 24, was shot and killed. Maurice Hunter, 23 sustained a gunshot wound, but was treated and released.The Apopka Voice will update this developing story when additional information becomes available.Photos from the scene on Blackbird Drive in the Meadows of Maud Helen subdivision: Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. March 31, 2016 at 12:21 am 2 COMMENTS Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSApopka Police DepartmentFlorida Highway PatrolJoint Homicide Investigative TeamOrange County Sheriff’s OfficeShooting Previous articleApopka Municipal Elections – Precinct ResultsNext articleDonna’s Deals: 5 Things You Can Make With Peeps Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Des Tenita Reid Reply Original Article:The Apopka Police Department (APD) responded to a Shots Fired call on Blackbird Dr. in Apopka this morning, according to The Public Information Office of the APD.There was a second scene related to this call in the area of Exit 23 on SR 429 (The Winter Garden Exit) where two people were found shot, Orange County Fire Rescue said. The Florida Highway Patrol, the APD and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident before turning it over to the The Joint Homicide Investigation Team.According to officers, both victims were hospitalized. One was brought to Orlando Regional Medical Center. This is the third shooting in Apopka in eight days.Police have not released the names of who was shot, whether there are any suspects, or the condition of the victims.Check back for updates to this developing story. Unfortunately, I believe crime is only going to get worse. It is not just in our city, but everywhere, and is escalating. As more people flood into our country, and flood into our cities, and economic factors don’t look promising, things will not improve. Drugs play a huge role in these crimes. So many of the youth of today, are caught up in the drug culture. Of course, not all of the crimes are drug related, but a large number of them are. I know where this subdivision is, off of Binion Road. We drove through there to see, when the Humane Society was digging out the gopher turtles to relocate them, before they built additional homes. It is a nice subdivision, with very attractive homes, Ryan Builders did a good job, at least, I think I remember it was Ryan Builders, who built them. Another young person dead, how tragic. There is way too many youths getting killed in senseless acts of violence. The problem is no one really knows what to do, and how to stop the violence. The Anatomy of Fear Reply March 27, 2016 at 6:34 am Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Updating Breaking News:Updated at 5:00 PM on Monday, 3/28/2016:Authorities have told The Apopka Voice that their investigation is continuing and they expect to release more information in the next few days.Maurice HunterJasmine McafeeIn the meanwhile The Apopka Voice has learned that the two subjects that suffered gunshot wounds in Saturday had been arrested together in North Carolina two years ago.According to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department the following incident happened in April 2014:“A victim on Dehavilland Drive called a prostitute to his house. The victim turned down her services when she did not look as described in the ad, but the suspect still demanded payment.When the victim attempted to get the suspect to leave, 3 males showed up and one of them hit him in the head with a piece of wood. Maurice Hunter and Jasmine McAfee we’re both arrested and charged with Armed Robbery.”MaAfee died of her gunshot wounds at ORMC on Saturday. Hunter was treated and released from the hospital.The Apopka Voice will update this developing story when additional information becomes available. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here A life was taken away from not only her family and friends but her children. No matter what caused all of tgis to happen, a life is a life. Had this been a family member or friend of ours, we wouldn’t find or take the time to bash them or down them, we would defend them or be too hurt to even bother. This world gets so caught up in themselves and true indeed this is a free country and everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but again a family is grieving and yes tomorrow is never promised but it always still hurts and catches us off guard when we lose a loved one. I didn’t know her personally but none of us are perfect, none of us know the truth to what happened except for those involved and nowadays stories always come in many versions to what truly happened on every end. No matter the race, no matter your religion, again a life was lost. Prayers going up for the family, the friends and the situation in general. Everyone keep your head up, this world doesn’t have to be the way we are making it turn out to be. Again, no one is perfect guilty or not, remember that.
The Anatomy of Fear TAGSApopka Fire DepartmentApopka Police Department Previous articlePrimary Election Day: Notes from the precinctsNext articleApopka Burglary Report and Map Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Southbound traffic on 441 near Roger Williams Road was blocked for about an hour yesterday morning due to a two-car accident that sent five people to Orange County Medical Center. Four separate citations were issued, according to Apopka Police reports.Rachael Criswell was driving north on 441 around 8:00 AM and turned left to enter the parking lot of Trinity Baptist Church. The right rear corner of her car was struck by a vehicle driven by Tiffany Hutchens traveling south on 441.Hutchens’ car overturned on 441 while Criswell’s car spun onto the entrance road of the church.Hutchens and her two passengers were taken to ORMC by Apopka paramedics along with Criswell’s two passengers (ages 3 and 5). No serious injuries were reported.The APD interviewed Hutchens at ORMC where they learned she had just purchased the vehicle and had not registered it but was using an expired tag from another vehicle. She received three citations; driving with a suspended license, operating an unregistered vehicle and attaching the wrong tag to a vehicle.Criswell was cited for failure to yield the right of way.The Apopka Police Department provided the following accident scene diagram: Please enter your name here
Mama Mia The Anatomy of Fear Wisconsin-based cheesemaker Sargento Foods Inc. is recalling a specialty cheese because of possible bacterial contamination.Deutsch Kase Haus, LLC of Middlebury, Indiana, notified Sargento that it supplied the company with a Longhorn Colby cheese that may be contaminated with Listeria monocyctogenes. No illnesses have been reported.The recalled products are 6.84-ounce packages of Sargento Ultra Thin Sliced Longhorn Colby with sell-by dates of April 12 and May 10, 2017, and 8-ounce packages of Sargento Chef Blends Shredded Nacho & Taco Cheese with sell-by dates of June 14 and July 12, 2017.The products were packaged at the Sargento plant in Plymouth, Wisconsin, and were distributed nationwide.Sargento also recalled some products that were packaged on the same line as the affected cheese. No other Sargento products are affected. Please enter your comment! 1 COMMENT Uh oh, this is the brand I usually buy. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate February 15, 2017 at 10:27 pm Please enter your name here A nationwide recall is in effect Reply TAGSRecallSargento Previous articleDistrict works to educate, inform stakeholders about water use in regionNext articleMarden Road closing for roundabout construction Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
September 8, 2017 at 8:22 am LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Following catastrophic impacts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hurricane Irma continues to progress towards the Bahamas. In the aftermath, various elements coordinated by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are prepositioned in the Caribbean to provide support as needed to survivors of the disaster.FEMA teams deployed to the Caribbean in advance of the storm include urban search and rescue teams, incident management assistance teams, as well as commodities – meals and water on Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John – pre-staged and available for use by Commonwealth and territory officials as soon as the weather cleared.The American Red Cross Safe and Well website is a free public reunification tool that allows individuals and organizations to register and post messages to indicate that they are safe, or to search for loved ones. The site is always available (in English and Spanish) and open to the public. Registrations and searches can be done directly on the website. Registrations can also be completed by texting SAFE to 78876. Messages exist in both Spanish and English. To speak with someone at the American Red Cross concerning a missing friend or relative, please contact 1-800 Red Cross (1-800-733-2767).Hurricane Irma is still an incredibly dangerous storm, and its destructive winds, storm surge and heavy rainfall are now predicted to begin impacting the U.S. mainland as early as Saturday.As of this morning, FEMA had nearly 11 million liters of water and nearly 7.5 million meals, as well as cots, blankets, generators, durable medical equipment, infant care kits, plastic sheeting and tarps for roofs, staged at the Incident Support Base at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. Additionally, FEMA has staged more than 500,000 meals and more than 1 million liters of water in Selma, Alabama.Now is the time for all those in potentially affected areas to listen to the directions of state, local, territorial, and tribal officials. If told to evacuate, evacuate.Storm tracks can change quickly and unexpectedly. Don’t be caught unaware. Take advantage of advance warning to get yourself and your family safe before it becomes too dangerous to do so.If told to evacuate:Listen to a battery-powered radio and follow local evacuation instructions.Call or email the out-of-state contact in your family communications plan. Tell them where you are going.Secure your home by closing and locking doors and windows.Unplug electrical equipment such as radios, televisions and small appliances. Leave freezers and refrigerators plugged in unless there is a risk of flooding. If there is damage to your home and you are instructed to do so, shut off water, gas and electricity before leaving.Leave a note telling others when you left and where you are going.Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that provides some protection such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts and a hat.Check with neighbors who may need a ride.Follow recommended evacuation routes. Do not take shortcuts; they may be blocked.Be alert for road hazards such as washed-out roads or bridges and downed power lines. Do not drive into flooded areas.Download the FEMA mobile app (available in English and Spanish) for a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, directions to open shelters and recovery centers, disaster survival tips, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service. Visit www.ready.gov or www.listo.gov for additional severe weather and hurricane preparedness information and resources. I sure hope the power doesn’t go out. That is the pits! When we have lost power in the past, at times, it got so hot in our house it was unbearable. I have a 3 months supply of medicine on hand that has to be refrigerated. I hope there is ice available somewhere, if my new refrigerator freezer goes out due to power failure. I have an ice supply for now……..but no generator. September 8, 2017 at 8:08 am Mama Mia Mama Mia September 8, 2017 at 8:18 am Mama Mia Mama Mia Hello everybody. It is coming! Not trying to be an alarmist, but it is coming right over us, the evil eye will be coming very soon, and I HOPE we all survive! Slightly west of Orlando, is the latest on Irma’s path. Too close for comfort! My panic is starting to set in. My anxiety is at an all time high! Wish I wasn’t like this, but I can’t help it. I can’t help but think my big hardwood tree is going to fall on our home. Got some trees in the front that I am worried about also, that could fall on our truck or house too. If our house and contents is not blown away, that is…….I sure hope that Irma downgrades, and soon! I am praying for all of us and hope we ALL make it through this ordeal safely. It is going to be a lot worse than any other hurricane we Apopkans have been through here in this area, in the past, for sure! September 8, 2017 at 7:35 am Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Reply Mama Mia September 8, 2017 at 7:48 am Irma says, “I AM WOMAN, HEAR ME ROAR” !!! September 8, 2017 at 6:27 am Remember the Mary Poppins movie and how she went flying through the air with her umbrella?……I hope that won’t be me….LOL Please enter your name here Reply My relatives that I have talked to, think that we should have got out and left, and drove somewhere, as they said it is not worth it to stay here and look after our home and belongings. I have explained to them that where would we go? Our truck is not new, it is 11 years old with a lot of millage on it, and we could break down on the road, you can’t find gas, there are no vacancies at the hotels and motels, and we have pets. I could take my small dog, but all motels and hotels don’t allow dogs. I have several cats, and I can’t just leave them to fend for their selves, plus 2 doves and a parakeet in cages. I told them it is not that I am sitting here trying to guarding my home and belongings like a soldier, but what else can I do? I can’t get that through their heads……. I have one of those LED lanterns that is a bright LED light and battery powered. That lantern has set on my dresser for the longest time, and I would occasionally turn it on, and it would light up. I turned it on yesterday, and the batteries were dead. That is weird, it always worked before. It knew the hurricane was coming……. Bet I can’t find D batteries anywhere. We got a couple of battery powered spotlights and a bunch of little flashlights. Stores sold out of the spotlights. Reply Reply Mama Mia Reply Mama Mia Please enter your comment! September 8, 2017 at 7:15 am September 8, 2017 at 6:37 am The Anatomy of Fear September 8, 2017 at 6:58 am We didn’t go get any sandbags. I thought about it, but I didn’t want to have to lug those heavy bags around. I figured if we placed them in front of our doors, piled across, how would I get out of the doors???….LOL I hope there is no flooding, because I am not prepared for that! Sure hope we won’t look like Houston area with all the household debris piled up on the neighborhood streets, after this hurricane! We all may be livin’ like refugees after this one. The song, that goes “you don’t have to live like a refugee”…keeps playing in my head…….. Reply If we survive, I sure hate the thoughts of dealing with the insurance companies. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSFEMA Previous articleOrange County declares State of Local EmergencyNext articleOrange County Activates Level 2 Status Ahead of Hurricane Irma Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply I remember a woman that was talking about Hurricane Andrew, in the aftermath, and she said that as Andrew was approaching where she was, she said it had this incredible roaring noise that was almost deafening. I hope that is not how it will be here! I really don’t know what to expect, as I have been through a lot of hurricanes, but not one of this size or power. She said it was one of the scariest experiences of her life, and that she will never go through another hurricane, if she can get away September 8, 2017 at 8:36 am Reply I’ve got 3 big office water cooler bottles to fill with water to use, and numerous other soda bottles filled with water, and some of them frozen too. I did not buy bottled water. I never buy bottled water, but may have to someday. September 8, 2017 at 7:09 am Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply Reply Reply Now this may sound crazy but if the winds start roaring and howling and it gets really scary and horrible you need to get out your hard hats, whether bike helmets, construction hard hats, motorcycle helmets, football helmets, whatever…….and wear them on your head, to at least protect your head. I know that sounds goofy but maybe it will protect our noggins……. Had my husband to air up my bike tires………. Mama Mia Reply September 8, 2017 at 7:58 am September 8, 2017 at 7:27 am Mama Mia Mama Mia Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Mama Mia Plus whatever we would take and pack, wouldn’t be too much, as whatever we would pack would have to go just in the cab of our truck, as we don’t have a camper top or king cab on our truck. Big mistake. Next time we buy another truck, it will have to have one, or the other, or both, since I got rid of my old car recently, as it gotten soooo unreliable, and I just threw up my hands and said time for it to go!…….184,000 miles and almost 24 years old! I have already damaged my right shoulder from pushing it out of the road! It has probably already gone to the crusher for scrap. It was a heavy heavy vehicle and a oldie but a goodie until recently with electrical problems, coolant leaks, head gasket leaks, had some valves that rattled. had mold growing in it (!!!) ever since the heat core hose burst and poured liquid all in the floor board. I had that by- passed but it didn’t have a defroster or defogger, or heater. Just too much to deal with, and spend more money on trying to put lipstick on a pig! Less auto insurance costs to pay, and less tag fees……. September 8, 2017 at 7:12 am Mama Mia Mama Mia 15 COMMENTS Richard Brannon, the Virgin Airlines owner billionaire has survived Irma on his 74 acre private island paradise in the Caribbean that he refused to leave and get out when told to. He and his son and crew got down in his wine cellar. Hmm…no wine cellar here, LOL. I am not even a wine lover, I like liquor and beer…LOL, but don’t drink much anymore due to the meds I have to take, but I did get some Canadian whiskey to have on hand, because that is what I like. I had some last night, oh yes, and it put me right to sleep, LOL. The damage to Brannon’s island paradise was very extensive and a lot of the buildings there were destroyed. His son said if Hurricane Irma is coming your way, to find a strong substantial building to stay in and hunker down, because you will need one to get through this one!!!! OKAY IRMA, THIS IS FOR YOU! YOU TAKE YOURSELF AND YOU GET OUT OF THIS STATE RIGHT NOW, AND YOU GET YOURSELF BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM ASAP! YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE IN THIS STATE AND THIS TOWN, LEAVE! GO NOW AND LEAVE! GET! GO NOW! DON’T YOU EVEN THINK OF COMING BACK! GO ON AND LEAVE! WHAT PART DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND IRMA? I AM COMMANDING YOU TO LEAVE THIS STATE NOW…..GO ON AND LEAVE IRMA! Mama Mia Encourages the public to take safety precautions Mama Mia September 8, 2017 at 8:00 am Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Bridget B. Baker is a Clinical Veterinarian and Deputy Director of the Warrior Aquatic, Translational, and Environmental Research (WATER) Lab at Wayne State University. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSThe Conversation Previous articleAmerica’s public schools seldom bring rich and poor together – and MLK would disapproveNext articleAPD’s Hall and Garcia graduate from Command Officer’s Development Course Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Bridget B. Baker, Wayne State UniversityWhile the weather outside may indeed get frightful this winter, a parka, knit hat, wool socks, insulated boots and maybe a roaring fire makes things bearable for people who live in cold climates. But what about all the wildlife out there? Won’t they be freezing?Pets are often suited up with protection from the cold.Photology1971/Shutterstock.comAnyone who’s walked their dog when temperatures are frigid knows that canines will shiver and favor a cold paw – which partly explains the boom in the pet clothing industry. But chipmunks and cardinals don’t get fashionable coats or booties.In fact, wildlife can succumb to frostbite and hypothermia, just like people and pets. In the northern United States, the unfurred tails of opossums are a common casualty of cold exposure. Every so often an unusual cold snap in Florida results in iguanas falling from trees and manatees dying from cold stress.Avoiding the cold is important for preserving life or limb (or, in the opossum’s case, tail) and the opportunity to reproduce. These biological imperatives mean that wildlife must be able to feel cold, in order to try to avoid the damaging effects of its extremes. Animal species have their own equivalent to what human beings experience as that unpleasant biting mixed with pins-and-needles sensation that urges us to warm up soon or suffer the consequences. In fact, the nervous system mechanisms for sensing a range of temperatures are pretty much the same among all vertebrates.One winter challenge for warm-blooded animals, or endotherms, as they’re scientifically known, is to maintain their internal body temperature in cold conditions. Interestingly though, temperature-sensing thresholds can vary depending on physiology. For instance, a cold-blooded – that is, ectothermic – frog will sense cold starting at a lower temperature compared to a mouse. Recent research shows that hibernating mammals, like the thirteen-lined ground squirrel, don’t sense the cold until lower temperatures than endotherms that don’t hibernate.So animals know when it’s cold, just at varying temperatures. When the mercury plummets, are wildlife suffering or just going with the icy flow?Some animals find a protected spot to wait out the worst of it, like this chipmunk.Michael Himbeault, CC BYOne solution: Slow down and check outMany cold-climate endotherms exhibit torpor: a state of decreased activity. They look like they are sleeping. Because animals capable of torpor alternate between internally regulating their body temperature and allowing the environment to influence it, scientists consider them “heterotherms.” During harsh conditions, this flexibility offers the advantage of a lower body temperature – remarkably in some species, even below the 32 degrees Fahrenheit freezing point – that is not compatible with many physiologic functions. The result is a lower metabolic rate, and thus lower energy and food demand. Hibernation is a prolonged version of torpor.Torpor has energy conservation benefits for smaller-bodied wildlife in particular – think bats, songbirds and rodents. They naturally lose heat faster because the surface area of their body is large compared to their overall size. To maintain their body temperature within normal range, they must expend more energy compared to a larger-bodied animal. This is especially true for birds who maintain higher average body temperatures compared to mammals.Unfortunately, torpor is not a perfect solution to surviving frigid conditions since it comes with trade-offs, such as a higher risk of becoming another animal’s lunch.Adaptations that helpUnsurprisingly, animals have evolved other adaptations for weathering the winter months.The large ears of a fennec fox would be a liability in a cold climate like where the arctic fox lives.Jonatan Pie/Unsplash and Kkonstan/Wikimedia Commons, CC BYWildlife species at northern latitudes tend be larger-bodied with smaller appendages than their close relatives closer to the tropics. Many animals have evolved behaviors to help them beat the cold: herding, denning, burrowing and roosting in cavities are all good defenses. And some animals experience physiological changes as winter approaches, building fat reserves, growing thicker fur, and trapping an insulating layer of air against the skin beneath the fur or feathers.Nature has devised other neat tricks to help various animals deal with conditions that people, for instance, would be unable to endure.An animal standing in cold water or on ice benefits from countercurrent heat exchange (1). Warm arterial blood (2) flowing away from the heart warms up the cooler venous blood (3) heading toward the heart.Ekann, CC BY-SAHave you ever wondered how geese can appear to stand comfortably on ice or squirrels in snow in their bare feet? The secret is the close proximity of the arteries and veins in their extremities that creates a gradient of warming and cooling. As blood from the heart travels to the toes, the warmth from the artery transfers to the vein carrying cold blood from the toes back to the heart. This countercurrent heat exchange allows the core of the body to remain warm while limiting heat loss when the extremities are cold, but not so cold that tissue damage occurs. This efficient system is used by many terrestrial and aquatic birds and mammals, and even explains how oxygen exchange occurs in the gills of fish.Carp in a partially frozen pond are doing fine.Starkov Roma/Shutterstock.comSpeaking of fish, how do they not freeze from the inside out in icy waters? Luckily, ice floats because water is most dense as a liquid, allowing fish to swim freely in not-quite-freezing temperatures below the solidified surface. Additionally, fish may lack the cold-sensing receptor shared by other vertebrates. They do, however, have unique enzymes that allow physiologic functions to continue at colder temperatures. In polar regions, fish even have special “antifreeze proteins” that bind to ice crystals in their blood to prevent widespread crystallization.Another secret weapon in mammals and birds during long periods of cold exposure is brown adipose tissue or “brown fat,” which is rich in mitochondria. Even in people, these cellular structures can release energy as heat, generating warmth without the muscle contractions and energy inefficiency involved in shivering, another way the body tries to heat up. This non-shivering heat production probably explains why people in Anchorage can contentedly wear shorts and t-shirts on a 40 degrees Fahrenheit spring day.Of course, migration can be an option – though it’s expensive in terms of energetic costs for wildlife, and financially for people who want to head closer to the equator.As a species, human beings have the ability to acclimate to an extent – some of us more than others – but we’re not particularly cold-adapted. Maybe that’s why it’s hard to look out the window on a frigid day and not feel bad for a squirrel hunkered down as the winter wind whips through its fur. We may never know if animals dread winter – it’s difficult to gauge their subjective experience. But wildlife do have a variety of strategies that improve their ability to withstand the cold, making sure they live to see another spring. Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here By Trimmel Gomes/Florida News ConnectionTALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Civil-rights advocates and families of people serving time in Florida prisons are rallying support for a package of prison-reform bills, including some that could help trim their loved ones’ time behind bars.Kim Lawrence says her daughter was 15 when she was sentenced to prison for a home invasion in which no one was injured – but another teen had a gun. She’s currently serving 10 years, with 10 years probation.Lawrence wants to see the Legislature passed Senate Bill 1308, which would re-sentence or release young adult offenders who qualify based on the offense. Lawrence says her daughter is 19 years old today.“So, she’ll come out at 24 years old with no work experience, no driver’s license,” says Lawrence. “I worry about how she’ll get hired. She did just finish her law clerk program in there.”The bill is sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes – R-Pinellas County – which gives it a good chance of passage and may indicate overall support for criminal-justice reform in the Republican-controlled Legislature. But there is resistance from groups including the Florida Sheriff’s Association.Judy Thompson, CEO with the nonprofit group Forgotten Majority, says she’d like to see the support of House Bill 189. It would allow people to reduce their time in prison through credits for good behavior, to serve 65% of their sentence – instead of the current 85%, which Thompson says is a restriction from the 1960s.“Through the ‘Get Tough on Crime’ era, they upped it to 85%,” says Thompson, “along with three strikes, PRR (Prison Releasee Reoffender), habitual offenders, mandatory minimums and anything else that would keep specifically African Americans and minorities locked in these prisons in great numbers.”She says in the current system, once a person has earned rehabilitation credits to reduce their time served to 85% of their sentence, there’s little incentive to continue good behavior. Several bills related to criminal-justice reform are working their way through the legislative process. The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSCriminal Justice ReformFlorida News ConnectionFocus on the Legislature Previous articleSchool Voucher Program: Let’s Talk About ItNext articleHow Howard Thurman met Gandhi and brought nonviolence to the civil rights movement Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment!