Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, and Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, asked if such measures prompt criticism of being soft on crime.

Image matters, and if Scott wants to save money over the short term and reduce crime over the long term as his transition team recommended, his success may hinge on salesmanship. There is a push underway to re-brand criminal justice reform to make it credible among conservatives.

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