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Governor Rick Scott Visits Tampa on “Let’s Keep Florida Safe” Tour

Rick Scott for Florida

July 7, 2014

Tour Highlights Support for Mandatory Minimum Sentencing, New Proposals for Law Enforcement, Public Safety

Tampa, FL – Today, Governor Rick Scott kicked off his “Let’s Keep Florida Safe” tour at Patrick’s Uniforms in Tampa. He announced new policy proposals that will help make Florida’s communities the best in the country to call home. With Florida’s crime rate at a 43-year low, Governor Scott’s “Let’s Keep Florida Safe” plan will continue to move the state in the right direction by giving law enforcement and public safety officials the tools they need. As a centerpiece of the plan, Governor Scott will oppose any changes to Florida’s 85 percent mandatory minimum law, which requires that inmates serve 85 percent of their sentence before being eligible for release based on good behavior. The “Let’s Keep Florida Safe” tour will include stops in Miami and Orlando.

STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT: “There’s so much about Florida that makes it the best state in the country to live, work, and raise a family. We have great weather and great job opportunities – but we also have great communities. Florida has seen a remarkable turnaround in the last few years and our crime rate is at a 43-year low, but we can still do more. I’m committed to working with law enforcement and public safety officials to keep Florida moving in the right direction.”

STATEMENTS FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT AND LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS:

Pat and Rick Grace, Owners of Patrick’s Uniforms, said, “We were pleased to host Governor Scott at Patrick’s Uniforms today to recognize his commitment to Florida’s safety. Under his leadership, our crime rate is at an incredible 43-year low and it’s only getting better. Thank you, Governor Scott, for making the safety of our homes and communities a top priority. Our state and local law enforcement need the support of leaders like you to help bring criminals to justice.”

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said, “Governor Scott is committed to making Florida a safer place in which to live and work. He’s a great proponent of intelligence led policing and is working closely with our statewide law enforcement to ensure they have the resources they need to collect reliable evidence for our criminal justice system. Now, fewer criminals are returning to their old ways here, in Florida, and our recidivism rate is at a historic low of 26.3 percent.”

Holmes Beach Chief of Police William Tokajer said, “Governor Scott has been a true champion for law enforcement at every level. As law enforcement professionals we know the reason why we have his support ‘he gets it’. He understands the dangers of the job. Governor Scott believes that once someone we arrest is convicted they have to be held accountable for their actions and serve 85 percent of their sentence before being released. Without his support the state of Florida would not have seen the reduction in crime bringing us to an impressive 43-year law. Our state and local law enforcement officials need the support of leaders like you in order to continue our crime reduction efforts. We thank Governor Scott for his dedication to make the sunshine state a safe place to live, work, visit and conduct business.”

Governor Scott’s “Let’s Keep Florida Safe” plan includes:

  • Maintaining 85 percent mandatory minimum sentencing
  • Developing programs that identify early signs of risk and working to help troubled youth become successful adults
  • Increasing investments for reentry programs that have helped recidivism rates decrease to an historic low
  • Giving law enforcement agencies the tools and funding they need to fight crime, predict crime, and bring swift justice to those who commit crimes
  • Working with state and local law enforcement and prosecutors to combat cyber crimes

For more information on Governor Scott’s “Let’s Keep Florida Safe” plan, click HERE.

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