I was listening to Magic 102.3 on the radio today on my way home. Olivia Fox, whom I mentioned a while ago has a radio voice that I’m not to fond of, was talking about something called 10-20-Life. I didn’t catch the beginning of this topic, but folks were calling in giving their opinion of this law which is in effect in Florida. The more Olivia talked about this law the more I understood what she was talking about.

When I got home I decided to google 10-20-Life. Here’s a little info from the Florida Department of Corrections website about 10-20-LIFE which went into effect in Florida in 1999.

Increase to 10 years the minimum prison term for certain felonies or attempted felonies when the offender possesses a firearm or destructive device during commission of the offense or flight therefrom;

Mandate a 20 year minimum term of imprisonment when the firearm is discharged;

Mandate a minimum term of imprisonment of 25 years to life in prison if someone is injured or killed;

Mandate a minimum term of 3 years for possession of a firearm by a felon;

Mandate that the minimum term of imprisonment be served consecutively to any other term of imprisonment imposed;

Increase to 15 years the minimum prison term when the offender possesses a semiautomatic firearm and its high-capacity detachable box magazine or a machine gun;

Category of such offenses to include murder, sexual battery, robbery, burglary, arson, aggravated assault or aggravated battery, kidnapping, escape, aircraft piracy, aggravated child abuse, aggravated abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult, unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging of a destructive device or bomb, car jacking, home-invasion, robbery, aggravated stalking, trafficking in illegal drugs, capitol importation of illegal drugs.

You can check out the Florida 10-20-Life website here.

Olivia mentioned that 10-20-Life is something they need in Maryland and D.C. I agree with her. We especially need it in Prince Georges County. One caller mentioned that the problem with P.G. County and the crime situation is County Executive Jack Johnson. I was hollering amen when he said this. And this caller was a P.G. County police officer. I’m sure 10-20-Life would tick off certain so called black leaders but that’s too bad. Like Olivia had mentioned the black community is losing way too many young black males to gun violence. Something needs to be done. Getting these violent offenders off the streets and behind bars would solve some of the problems. And after reading the article I blogged about on Sunday, Prince George’s Police Face Trend of Killings ‘for Nothing’, the excuses for why these young violent offenders shouldn’t go to jail have to stop. Killing someone cause they refused to give you a cigarette is just plain ignorant. The fool who committed that crime belongs in jail for life with no chance of parole.

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