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Florida Sees Decline In Number Of Ex-Inmates Going Back To Prison
By wfsu.org - Sascha Cordner
Published: 03/05/2013

About 87 percent of the state’s inmate population is expected to be released back into society, and Florida prison officials say it’s important they continue working with those inmates before they become repeat offenders. The Florida Department of Corrections says it’s already seeing proof of that hard work with a decline in the number of inmates coming back to prison over the years.

“Back in 2002, I made the unfortunate decision to drive under the influence,” said Eric Smallridge.

Smallridge was a 24-year-old college student when he says he made the worst decision of his life.

“I made this decision to drive and it turned out two 22-year-old girls lost their life because of that decision. And, so I was sentenced to 22 years in prison for a first offense and it was only by the grace of God, the two families of the victims, came and asked the judge to run my sentences concurrent, which put me in the position now to be a free man,” said Smallridge.

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