Rick Scott’s “law and order” team is urging Florida’s incoming governor to cut costs by diverting nonviolent offenders to drug treatment and requiring inmates to get an education and vocational training, reports the Palm Beach Post. The transition team said such actions could reduce the number of criminals returning to prison and allow the state to stop building new prisons. Scott has proposed cutting $1 billion from the state’s corrections budget.
Fiscal conservatives realized that “we were not only not getting good value for the money being spent, but getting bad value and bad results,” said Linda Mills, a criminal justice consultant who served on Scott’s transition team for law and order. Last week, Scott named Indiana corrections chief Ed Buss to run the Florida prison system, replacing Walter McNeil, an appointee of former Gov. Charlie Crist.