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    This year 2014 begins 2 years that my brother has been incarcerated. In April of 2012 he was arrested for a DUI and resisting arrest in Illinois. He was sentenced to prison, served his time in an Illinois prison and released for his crime in 2013 into a van for him from the Florida Department of Corrections. He has never hurt anybody and the state of Florida transported him from Illinois to Florida on the tax payer dollar. Actions like this help put Florida among the top states of its population being in prison. His time is done with his punishment for the DUI and resisting arrest from April 2012. With 4 months left to be done with his 5 years of probation he gets sentenced to a private facility for 3 years, for no new crime being commited. He was serving 5 years of probation from 2006, that was going to end August of 2012.  With 4 months left on the 5 year probation he was sentenced to 3 Years 5 months, he is serving the most time for the violation of probation. 6 years after the crime that lead him to be on probation he is sentenced to 3 years 5 months. After already serving a year in jail in 2006 and serving time for his new crime, the VOP leads to the harshest punishment.   If my brother cannot get released sooner than his 3 years 5 months is up, then I hope that a new law will be created to address smarter sentencing and help someone else in the same situation. This is important because the punishment does not fit the crime. By reforming sentencing laws for non violent offenders specifically individuals on probation, many low risk offenders can be supervisioned from their home not from a private prison.   Scotty’s Law—When a person has less than 6 months remaining on their probation, that they are not sentenced to more time than what is left on their probation. The person will still be punished and sentenced for crime that caused violation. But for a violation of probation where the punishment for the crime has already been served; the person does not get more time than what is left on probation.
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