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HB 1207 — Operation New Hope

by Rep. Shoaf and others (SB 1198 by Senators Simon and Davis)

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Criminal Justice Committee (CJ)

The bill authorizes the Department of Corrections, in accordance with s. 944.706, F.S., to contract with Operation New Hope, a nonprofit organization exempt from taxation pursuant to s. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, to provide inmate reentry services, including, but not limited to, counseling, providing information on housing and job placement, money management assistance, and programs that address substance abuse, mental health, and co-occurring conditions.

A contract with Operation New Hope must be authorized by and consistent with funding appropriated in the General Appropriations Act.

If approved by the Governor, or allowed to become law without the Governor’s signature, these provisions take effect July 1, 2023.

Vote: Senate 38-0; House 115-0