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Guard Brutality in Florida Prisons: 2 More Corrections Officers Arrested

| May 5, 2015

Correctional Officer Sgt. Christopher Michael Jernigan, 37, and Correctional Officer Donald Dwight Sims, Jr., 21, were arrested for brutalizing an inmate at Columbia Correctional Institution, the latest in a series of guard arrests in the troubled Florida Department of Corrections.

Escaped Convict Ronald McCoy Caught by West Palm Beach Police

| November 3, 2014

Ronald McCoy, an inmate with a very violent past who was serving two life terms on armed robbery convictions at a prison in Miami-Dade County, remains at large after his escape on Oct. 31.

Continuing Brutality in Florida Prisons: 11 Guards Arrested Following Inmate Abuse

| September 13, 2014

On Wednesday, five prison guards were arrested for allegedly stomping on a handcuffed and shackled inmate at the Northwest Florida Reception Center last month. A sixth — a captain — was also charged with taking part in the attack and lying about it.

Florida Prisons Want To Slash Kosher Offerings; Justice Department Says It Would Be Illegal

| May 22, 2014

In a brief filed Monday, lawyers for the Department of Corrections argued that the law allows Florida to scrap the kosher meals because of the financial burden placed on the “cash-strapped agency.” The state has spent more than $200,000 on the lawsuit so far.

Banned in Flagler, Welcomed in Prisons: Corrections Reverses Cigarette Prohibition in Work Camps

| September 13, 2013

Corrections officials quietly reversed a blanket ban on tobacco at prisons this summer and are now allowing inmates at work release centers to have up to 10 packs of cigarettes each–just as Flagler County readies to ban smoking among new employees.

Gulag Glimmers: Fewer Florida Ex-Felons Re-Offending after Prison, Freeing Beds

| February 5, 2013

The percentage of inmates who commit another crime within three years of release has dropped from 33 percent for those freed as of 2003 to 27.6 percent for those freed as of 2008, reducing the total number of inmates admitted.

Bad News for Counties: Juvenile Detention Costs Would More Heavily Burden Locals

| January 25, 2013

Florida’s Juvenile Justice Department, in a case involving 14 local governments and the Florida Association of Counties, filed an order rejecting arguments that its interpretation of the law has improperly shifted extra costs to counties.

Florida Prison Sentences Lengthen an Average Of 166% Since 1990, Most By Far in U.S.

| June 12, 2012

Costing Florida taxpayers $1.4 billion a year, Florida’s prisons have some of the highest incarceration rates in the nation, too, even though the state still has the nation’s ninth highest violent crime rate, suggesting a poor return on investment.

Counties Challenge Juvenile Detention Costs

| April 19, 2012

The challenge to Department of Juvenile Justice rules is part of a string of related legal disputes involving at least 10 counties over how much of the detention tab counties should pay. The case may have repercussions across the state.

As Inmate Population Continues to Fall, Florida Will Close 7 Prisons and 4 Work Camps

| January 12, 2012

Declining prison admissions created a surplus of prison beds, allowing the state prison system to cut its budget deficit by closing our older facilities, says Corrections Secretary Ken Tucker.

Florida Lockups Lite: Closing Prisons and Boot Camps, Privatizing Inmate Healthcare

| March 17, 2011

The Department of Corrections plans to close three prisons and two boot camps, a bill would privatize inmate health care and cut top salaries 5 percent while ending numerous positions.

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