LOBBY DAY 2019
March 13, 2019

Advocates Bring #BetterJusticeFL to Tallahassee

Take Action Now and Message your Florida Legislators!

Who We Are

The Florida Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform (FL CCJR) is a diverse, nonpartisan coalition of organizations committed to reducing our prison population, eliminating racial disparities and bringing better justice to Florida. On March 13, the FL CCJR brought hundreds of advocates, activists, and directly-impacted families together in order to speak to legislators at the capitol in Tallahassee.

What We Stand For

For 2019, the Florida Campaign for Criminal Justice supports the following bills:

  • SB 734, which would not suspend driver's licenses for adults who are charged with offenses such as failure to pay court fees, drug-related offenses, or misdemeanor theft; or for minors charged with vandalism, truancy, or tobacco-related offenses.
  • SB 394 & HB 667 and amend SB 334 & HB 397 which will remove employment barriers for people with past convictions.

To learn more about the exact language of these bills, the facts around them and why we believe in them, please read the Coalition Resources on our Resources page.

Not All Reform is Better Justice

We believe that the Florida First Step Act should be amended with racial impact assessments as well as additional funding for mental health and substance abuse treatment funding. Reforms that overlook the outsized impact of the criminal justice system on communities of color are not ones that our legislature should support. Floridians deserve better justice. Read more in our op-ed in the Tampa Bay Times.

What We're Planning

More than 250 constituents from across the state will gather with us on March 13 for:

  • a press conference with advocates from the campaign, legislators, and directly-impacted family members speak out in support of #BetterJusticeFL
  • a rally near the Capitol
  • meetings with state legislators throughout the day

How Can I Get Involved?

Even if you couldn’t be in Tallahassee for the March 13 Lobby Day, you can still participate online and via social media. Use our Virtual Social Toolkit here, which has access to images and messaging that you can easily share with your networks. Join the call for #BetterJusticeFL by asking our lawmakers to take action to cut mass incarceration in Florida jails and prisons in half, eliminate racial disparities in our justice system, and support reform bills that will bring our state in line with other states that have common-sense justice reform.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to share and amplify. The time for better justice is now.