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Seven Decades of Service to the State

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Florida Commission on Offender Review History

In the early 1800’s, state prisoners were leased to Florida companies to work as slave laborers. This era of inhumane and bitter treatment of prisoners ended after the notorious Tabert case. Martin Tabert was a young prisoner convicted of stealing a ride on a freight train. He died as a result of the brutal treatment administered by a lumber company boss to whom he was leased. An aroused public demanded the discontinuance of leasing prisoners, but prison overcrowding, the high cost of housing, and pressures for better treatment of prisoners set the stage for opportunists to peddle their influence in the pardoning of prisoners.