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Post by Pied Piper on Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:13 pm

Florida leads the nation:


Florida has a
history of "very zealous" prosecutions, according to Marc Mauer,
executive director of the Washington-based Sentencing Project, which
advocates for reform in the criminal-justice system.

For example, Florida leads
in the number of juveniles sentenced to life without parole for lesser
crimes than murder, sentences the Supreme Court declared to be
unconstitutional in 2010. Florida and other states are now trying to
determine how to re-sentence or grant parole to inmates affected by that

According to a recent
study by the Pew Center on the States, Florida was first, among the 35
states reporting, in increases in time served in its prisons from 1990
to 2009.

In one recent, highly
controversial Florida sentencing, Marissa Alexander, an African-American
woman in Jacksonville with no previous criminal record, was sentenced
to 20 years for firing a pistol twice into the air while trying to ward
off an attack by her abusive husband. Denied the protection of Florida's
controversial "stand your ground" law, the 31-year-old mother of three
was convicted of aggravated assault, a felony, and given the mandatory
sentence for anyone who fires a gun in commission of the felony.
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