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10-20-Life Criminals Sentenced to Florida's Prisons: The Justice Impact of Governor Bush's Initiative on Armed Felons

Publication year: 2003

Library ID

  • 017815

Other Information

  • 2003
  • 19 pages.
The minimum-mandatory sentencing law entitled "10-20-Life" is examined. This legislative initiative requires a mandatory sentence of at least 10 years to be given to an offender that possesses a gun while committing a violent felony (e.g., robbery, rape (sexual battery), aggravated battery, kidnapping, drug trafficking, and/or murder). Sections of this report cover: background and methods; 10-20-Life felons admitted to prison; demographics of 10-20-Life felons; and crimes and sentencing of 10-20-Life felons. In the three years following the implementation of this law, violent crimes involving firearms decreased 24%.