What Is PRR? The PRR, prison releasee reoffender, under Florida Statute 775.082 means that convictions for any of a list of enumerated offenses committed within 3 years of release from prison mandates imposition of the statutory maximum sentence (life, thirty, fifteen, or five years, depending on the felony degree). The PRR does not take into consideration the type of offense for which the prior sentence occurred (i.e., it does not have to be a violent offense), nor does it take into consideration the number of prior offenses; it only takes the one prior prison sentence to qualify. The PRR is a mandatory sentencing law that clearly designates the prosecutor as the most powerful person in sentencing. Prosecutors are not required under the law to file PRR status for qualifying offenders, but when they do, judges cannot impose a lesser sentence, even if they feel the statutory maximum is unjust, because the PRR bypasses the usual sentencing guidelines altogether. PRR offenders may not earn gain time or other early release credits (unlike other habitual offender laws); instead, they must serve 100% of the statutory maximum sentence.

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