There's a quote often attributed to Benjamin Franklin that goes, "Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one." Many Floridians tend to stand firmly on the freedom side and favor a more hands-off approach to government.
In 2003, a 20-year-old kid from Florida was having a typical drunken night of revelry with his friends. Before falling asleep that night, he agreed to let his roommate borrow his car, something he’d done on many occasions. When he woke up, his life had changed forever.
According to the United States Department of Justice, the state of Louisiana ranks the highest in the country in the rate of incarcerations. Before you start congratulating your own state, know that Florida sits firmly in the number seven spot on that dubious list--and that's in a country that, by percentage, puts more people behind bars than any other in the world.
It’s taken almost four years since the U.S. Supreme Court decided that Florida must change the way it handles the sentencing of juvenile criminals, but the state Legislature has finally come to a consensus on how to treat juvenile offenders who are convicted of violent crimes.