Rick Scott Wants to Cut Juvie Prisons. Should Thompson Be First to Go?
Jenne wants a deeper investigation of Thompson.
Photo by Meredith Geddings, courtesy Florida House
In December, Gov. Rick Scott's transition team proposed a massive overhaul of Florida's juvenile justice system, which would eliminate some prisons and put children convicted of misdemeanor offenses in community-based programs, instead of lockups.
Jenne was part of a group of lawmakers that toured Thompson earlier this month. The 154-bed facility houses teenage boys who are deemed a "moderate risk" to public safety, meaning they "have generally committed serious property offenses and their offending is characterized by frequent and repeated law violations," according to DJJ's website. In other words, these kids may have stolen a car or burglarized a house, but they are not violent felons.
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