46-YEAR LOW IN CRIME RATE
Thanks to the hard work of Florida’s law enforcement officers, the state’s crime rate is at a 46-year low and the number of juvenile arrests is the lowest it’s been in more than 40 years.
Governor Scott recognizes that evidence-based diversion and re-entry programs help to reduce recidivism. His emphasis on such programs have helped to reduce Florida’s recidivism rate to 25.2 percent which means that fewer offenders are committing new crimes and returning to prison.
This reduction in recidivism translates into fewer crime victims, safer neighborhoods and helped to reduce Florida’s inmate population, which has decreased by more than 4,000 over the Governor’s term. This has saved taxpayers more than $73 million.
Florida has nearly 4,800 sworn state law enforcement officers that selflessly put their lives on the line to protect Florida’s citizens. The Governor recently invested millions in the state budget for state law enforcement salary increases.
Governor Scott also invested $5.8 million in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to hire 46 new agents for counterterrorism efforts. FDLE works hand-in-hand with local, state and federal intelligence agencies to establish a comprehensive domestic security strategy.