Military Proposed as Alternative to Jail Time

Military Proposed as Alternative to Jail Time

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
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December 22, 2021

Certain criminal offenders could opt for a hitch in the military over jail time, under a proposal filed for the upcoming legislative session. The Senate version of the measure (SB 1356), filed Tuesday by Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, would allow people who are 25 years old or younger and face less than four years behind bars for misdemeanors to enlist in branches of the U.S. armed forces.

The option wouldn’t be available to people who, for example, are considered habitual felony offenders or violent career criminals. The people could still face sentencing if they don’t meet requirements such as completing the first term of enlistment. An identical proposal (HB 187) was filed in September by Rep. Patricia Williams, D-Pompano Beach. The 2022 legislative session will start Jan. 11.

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Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist. Diverse New Media, Corp. publishes Floridianpress.com, Hispolitica.com, shark-tank.com, and Texaspolitics.com He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at www.brownpeople.org Email him at [email protected]

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