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Florida 2017 “Judicial Accountability” Legislative Bills
Inquiry? Should the data that is collected include whether the sentence is one the judge approved after a negotiated plea between the state attorney’s office and defense counsel in order to also account for plea-offer disparities by state attorneys? Otherwise, how can one clearly discern judicial disparity without accounting for some of the sentences simply being judicially rubber stamped plea negotiations?
Bills Filed 2/17/2017:
DATA TO BE COLLECTED IF BILLS PASS:
(a) The judge who presided over each trial;
(b) The judge who presided over the sentencing phase;
(c) The circuit and specific location of the court where
each case was heard;
(d) Each offense for which the defendant was convicted or
pled nolo contendere to;
(e) The range of possible sentences for each offense;
(f) The sentence imposed for each offense, including, but not limited to, jail time, prison time, probation, a fine, or any other imposed terms; and
(g) Demographic information about the defendant, including, but not limited to:
1. Age. 2. Sex. 3. Race. 4. Income. 5. Prior criminal history.
(2) The Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability must post the report by March 1 annually on its website.
(3) Evidence of disparity in sentencing by a judge with regard to any demographic group is grounds for disqualification of that judge from any case involving a member of that demographic group, pursuant to s. 38.10.
Florida You Judge will be following these bills and will report back with committee/lawmaker votes.
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