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!
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View post tag: KEEL View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy Industry news Back to overview,Home naval-today Baltiysky Zavod Holds Keel Laying Ceremony for Russian First Mistral Class Ship View post tag: first View post tag: Naval View post tag: class October 2, 2012 View post tag: Ceremony View post tag: Russian View post tag: holds View post tag: Mistral View post tag: LAYING View post tag: Baltiysky United Shipbuilding Corporation’s subsidiary Baltiysky Zavod yesterday held keel laying ceremony for Russian first Mistral class amphibious assault ship. Moscow and Paris signed the EUR 1.2-bln contract for two Mistrals in June 2011. The first ship is planned to join Russian Navy in 2014, and the second one – in 2015.Agreement on Mistral ships is one of the largest contracts in the history of Russian-French military cooperation.Recall that the EUR 1.2-bln contract for two Mistral-class assault landing ships was tied with French company DCNS on June 17 in St. Petersburg in the presence of Russian president Dmitry Medvedev.In accordance with the contract, the French party will transfer shipbuilding technology to Russia as well as tactical data system SENIT-9 mounted on French ships. Later on, that technology will be used in construction of other two Mistral-class ships by Russian shipyards, while the first and second Mistral-class amphibious transport docks, to be named Sevastopol and Vladivostok, will be built by the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire out of prefabricated block produced in Russia.“This shipbuilding contract is very important for us“, said Alexander Voznesensky, director general of Baltiysky Zavod. “Take note, money is not the question. The main thing is that the contract is supervised by Russian government’s military industrial committee. It is important for us to show at the federal level that the shipyard has kept its expertise, and we do meet even the most strict requirements of French partners.”Displacement of Mistral-class assault landing ship is 21,000 tons; length overall is 210 meters; speed is over 18 knots; operating range is up to 20,000 miles; crew is 160 men plus 450 marines. Air wing comprises 16 helicopters including six placed on the flight deck. Russian Mistrals will be armed with eight Ka-52K and eight Ka-29 helicopters.[mappress]Naval Today Staff,October 2, 2012 Baltiysky Zavod Holds Keel Laying Ceremony for Russian First Mistral Class Ship View post tag: Zavod View post tag: ship Share this article