Amenities as a Guest of the State

If you do not eat your vegetables at home, you can get them in prison.  Florida’s inmates work on over 53 different farms, gardens, and University of Florida food and agricultural facilities, harvesting about 10.4 million pounds of produce, including broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, greens, peas, watermelon, and other fruits and vegetables.  If farming, roadwork, or institutional laundry or cooking is not your occupation of choice, you may want to talk to a defense lawyer before you are serving time as a guest of the State. A gated community is not for everyone, especially when the bars do not allow you to come and go as you please.  I always thought I would like jail.  I could get a lot of reading done and would not be interrupted by phone calls, but the loss of freedom is more than an exclusion of distractions.  If you have any legal issue with a prison time, it is good to have an attorney. A defense attorney can help you work with the prosecution on choices to get the best resolution possible.  You may have made bad decisions, but you do not have to put yourself in a worse position by shutting down choices.  Seek […] Read More

The Flip Side of Freedom

Prison may not be the housing solution you are looking for.  While all inmates have access to libraries and religious services, not all Florida prisons have air-conditioning.  Department of Corrections will feed you, but you do not get to control the TV.  Furthermore, you have to share television viewing (if available) with about 74 of your closest prison dorm-mates (unless you are on Death Row).  There is a dental plan, and maybe even the possibility of sex-change surgery as in Massachusetts.  With a female inmate population of only 7%, it is difficult for male prisoners to meet someone of the opposite gender. A recent report from the Florida Department of Corrections cites more than 100,000 inmates are housed in our 60 state prisons.  At the end of June this year, over half of the inmate population was incarcerated for violent offenses, and Duval made the number two slot of the top ten Florida counties of conviction for inmates, with a headcount of 7,859, or 7.8% of the total inmates.  I was not among them.  I have been to jail many times, but never as an overnight guest. Seek competent legal counsel if you are facing jail time or prison.  The […] Read More