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Lawmakers offer 'smart justice' package

Barney Bishop, head of the Florida Smart Justice Alliance, front, talks about prison legislation Tuesday at a news conference with Sen. Thad Altman, left, and Reps. Dennis Baxley and Darryl Rouson in front of the House chamber. Photo by Bill Cottere

Nonviolent prison inmates could spend the final three years of their sentences in specialized re-entry institutions that emphasize rehabilitation and education, under a "smart justice" package introduced Tuesday by two legislators.

"A key to addressing Florida's prison population is recognizing that all inmates are not the same, so not all of them should be dealt with in the same way," said veteran lobbyist Barney Bishop, who heads the Florida Smart Justice Alliance

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