Florida Votes To Add 4,000 Prison Beds

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http://www.sptimes.com/2003/08/14/State/Legislature_approves_.shtml With drug crimes pushing Florida's inmate population to capacity, legislators voted yesterday to spend $66-million for 4,000 new beds without competitive bids, the St. Petersburg Times reports. Experts attributes much of the population growth to drug offenses, mainly cocaine possession, not violent crime. The Criminal Justice Estimating Conference said prisons took in 2,823 new inmates in June, the largest one-month total in 11 years. The number of prisoners sentenced on drug . . .

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