Department of Corrections

Audit Details 'Dangerous' Understaffing At Florida Prisons A new audit concluded Florida's prisons are so "chronically understaffed" that an emergency should be declared for the safety of the corrections officers and inmates.
Scott Signs Executive Order Tracking Mental Health ServicesAs the state Department of Children and Families convened its annual child-protection summit Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order aimed at better coordinating mental health services --- something DCF Secretary Mike Carroll said will help his agency provide improved care for children.
Gov. Scott Orders Independent Analysis Of Florida PrisonsFlorida Governor Rick Scott has ordered an independent analysis of the state's prison system.
Scott Orders Prison Reforms After Legislation StallsAfter lawmakers failed to agree on prison reforms this session, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday issued an executive order incorporating some of the provisions in House and Senate bills, including those involving use of force and chemical agents by guards.
Miami Federal Judge Rules On Prisons Serving Kosher MealsInmates of Florida's prisons who request kosher meals will now get them because it's the law.
Court Forces Prisons To Go KosherAfter more than a decade of legal wrangling, a federal judge has ordered the Florida Department of Corrections to provide kosher meals to inmates, rejecting the state's argument that the religious diet is prohibitively expensive.
Retired Probation Officer Accused Of Scam Gets Lower BondA retired probation officer is behind bars, accused of ripping off several of the people he once supervised.
Florida Prison Workers Accused Of Plotting To Kill InmateThree current and former prison employees were members of the Ku Klux Klan who planned to kill a former inmate who is black, according to Florida officials.
Florida Prisons May Get More Oversight After ScandalsSome Florida legislators are pushing for a proposal that would strip Florida Governor Rick Scott of complete control of the state's prison system amid distrust over the way the system has been run.
State House, Senate May Conflict Over Prison OversightThe Florida House and Senate may soon be at odds over how to manage the state's scandal-plagued prison system.
Senate Panel Hears Of Alleged Corruption In Corrections Dept.
Bid To Keep Florida Prison Inspectors Quiet Sparks LawsuitA group of Department of Corrections employees have filed a lawsuit challenging a new policy meant to keep them from revealing what's going on in the troubled prison system.
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