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Florida Department of Corrections ends cigarette ban in work camps: smoke em if you got em

I think this is what’s known as the “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” philosophy of corrections…

From the article: “Department of Corrections officials say they lifted the prohibition on tobacco-related products in the work release programs because they didn’t want prisoners so close to completing their sentences to have to go back behind bars for breaking the rules.”

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FL: Privatization of Prison Health Care

From the article: “The privatization of the prison health care is moving full steam of head.  Some are calling it the dirtiest deal in the last 20 years.  Others say it will save the state millions of dollars a month.  Meanwhile, thousands are simply waiting to see if they’ll be employed.”

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The privatization of the prison health care is moving full steam ahead. Some are calling it the dirtiest deal in the last 20 years. Others say it will save the state millions of dollars a month. Meanwhile, thousands are simply waiting to see if they’ll be employed.Read More at: http://www.weartv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/privatization-prison-health-care-33519.shtml

The privatization of the prison health care is moving full steam ahead. Some are calling it the dirtiest deal in the last 20 years. Others say it will save the state millions of dollars a month. Meanwhile, thousands are simply waiting to see if they’ll be employed.Read More at: http://www.weartv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/privatization-prison-health-care-33519.shtml

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Fla. assures it will offer kosher in all prisons

From the article: “Florida is moving ahead with a plan to offer kosher meals in all state prisons by the end of the year, a corrections official testified at a hearing Tuesday on a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit demanding such a program.”

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Gov. Rick Scott speeding up Florida inmate execution process

From the article: “Gov. Rick Scott has accelerated the pace of signing death warrants in Florida by lining up three executions over the next few weeks, the most in such a brief period of time in more than two decades.”

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FL: Miami-Dade inmate alleges rat bit him near eye

From the article: “The convicted murderer complained to jailers, his lawyer said Friday, but wasn’t given medical attention until his face swelled.”

I’m sorry, are we in a developing country that our jails would be rat-infested?

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FL: Transgender former inmate sues over alleged jail rape

From the article: “The inmate, identified in court papers only as D.B., says she was removed from protective custody over her protests and placed in general population, where her cellmate, Josh Bailey, raped her on Dec. 8, 2008, according to the suit.”

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Florida’s $230 Million Prison Contract Rejected by Judge

From the article: “Corizon Health Inc.’s five-year, $230 million contract to provide services for inmates in central and northern Florida prisons was blocked after a judge ruled the state Corrections Department entered into the deal illegally.”

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Fla. judge skeptical about prison privatization

From the article: “A skeptical judge on Monday raised questions about whether it was legal for the state to move ahead with a plan to privatize nearly 3,000 health care jobs in Florida’s prisons.”

Florida signed a contract with a company to privatize the healthcare services that it provides in its state prisons.  Proponents of the contract stated that it will save the state millions of dollars; reportedly, failure to privatize would result in a deficit of $60 million.  Opponents (i.e. unions) are litigating on the grounds that the Legislative Budget Commission, which approved the contract, did not have the authority to enact this broad of policy.

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Florida DOC Proposal: Further Prison Privatization?

From the article: “A proposal from the Florida Department of Corrections floats the idea of further privatization if budget cuts are needed, but doesn’t specify which facilities might be turned over to private companies to come up with $6.4 million in savings.”

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FL: More Officers Suspended as Prison Abuse Probe Continues

The investigation into alleged excessive use of force and abuse at a FL prison continues.  From the article: “A total of eleven correctional employees at north Florida’s Union Correctional Institution have been suspended in an ongoing investigation into the possible use of excessive force. One of the inmates who was allegedly abused, died while in custody at the prison.”  In addition to the officers, the FL prison system has also suspended an Assistant Warden and transferred out the Warden.

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