Florida lawmakers should take a comprehensive approach to reforming the state’s criminal justice system, according to a new poll by the James Madison Institute and the Charles Koch Institute. WFSU reports that a survey of 1,500 people showed that nearly 75 percent of Floridians agree criminal justice reform is important and that prisons are too costly. Sal Nuzzo of James Madison Institute said most respondents also agree ex-felons should be able to get access to jobs.
Nuzzo said “the public is very much in favor of lowering those barriers to entry and getting these folks employed and becoming productive members of society.” Most poll participants also agreed prisons should focus more on rehabilitation than punishment and that too many non-violent offenders are in prison. The poll also highlighted the need for continued juvenile justice reforms.