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FL Worst at Supervising Ex-Prisoners

Florida is at the top of a list of states that releases prison inmates who have served their full terms with no follow-up supervision or support, the Tampa Bay Times reports. 
 
The study from Pew Charitable Trusts says these “max-out”  prisoners often commit crimes again, and are sent back to prison at great taxpayer expense, the Times reports. Florida abolished parole in 1983, and in 1995 imposed requirements that inmates serve at least 85 percent of their sentences. 
 
Rates of max-outs have doubled from 32 percent in 1990 to 64 percent in 2012, the Times reported. Pew recommends at least some post-release supervision for all inmates. 
 

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