Pew Study: Florida Led the Way in Beefing up Prison-Terms Since 1990
Thanks to its gung-ho approach to lengthening jail time, Florida led the charge in beefing up prison sentences during the past two decades at a taxpayer cost of more than $1 billion a year, according to a new study by the Pew Center on the States.
The nonprofit organization's report, titled "Time Served: The High Cost, Low Return of Longer Prison Terms," examined prisoner-release data from 35 states, representing 89 percent of the prison releases in 2009. It concluded that prisoners served an average of nine more months in custody — 36 percent longer — than offenders released in 1990.
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