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Florida private prison lobbyist lands in jail on DUI charge: report

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An influential and well-known Florida lobbyist, Ron Book, was arrested Sunday night on DUI-related charges after crashing his Lamborghini, according to a new report in the Sun Sentinel.

The power broker, known for his tough attitudes on homeless crime and private prison company lobbying work, was hit with a first-offense charge of DUI, refusal to submit to a DUI test, and DUI with damage to a person or property, per police records.

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According to the Miami New Times, this isn’t Book’s first brush with the law. In 1986, he was charged with insurance fraud (Book pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor and received no prison time in that case). The New Times also notes that Book now lobbies for Boca Raton’s GEO Group, a private company that “turns a profit from the arrest and incarceration of others.”

Read the Sun Sentinel’s report here on his arrest over the weekend.

 

 


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