Julie Jones

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 14:  Florida Governor Rick Scott as he introduces Carlos Lopez-Cantera as his new lieutenant governor on January 14, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Scott took 10-months to replace Jennifer Carroll, who resigned last March. Lopez-Cantera will be the states first Hispanic lieutenant governor.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Scott Orders Prison Reforms After Legislation Stalls

After 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.

05/08/2015

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Florida Prisons Chief: Unaware Of Any Further KKK Activity

Florida prisons’ chief Julie Jones said there is no further Ku Klux Klan activity by state prison officials, that she is aware of.

04/07/2015

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House Seeks ‘More Eyes’ On Prison System

Saying that reform must happen, a Florida House panel on Tuesday pushed forward a plan aimed at increasing oversight of the state’s troubled prison system but stopped short of endorsing an independent commission included in the Senate’s corrections overhaul.

04/07/2015

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Prison Investigators Testify About Being Silenced

Testifying under oath Tuesday before a Senate panel, current and former Department of Corrections investigators — including the sheriff of Gulf County — said they were ordered by the inspector general’s office to quash cases that could embarrass the agency or high-ranking officials.

03/10/2015

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Prisons Chief To Seek Revamp Of Health Care Contracts

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter TALLAHASSEE (NSF) – Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones announced Friday she intends to rebid contracts worth about $1.4 billion with private companies to provide health-care services to the state’s 100,000 inmates. […]

02/20/2015

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Bid To Keep Florida Prison Inspectors Quiet Sparks Lawsuit

A 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.

02/11/2015

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Prisons Chief Says Proposed Changes Already Underway

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter TALLAHASSEE (NSF) – Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones told a Senate panel Monday that her agency is already implementing most of the changes included in a sweeping bill […]

02/02/2015

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Florida Gov. Scott Vows To Focus On Jobs During 2nd Term

Florida Governor Rick Scott is taking on his second term promising to stick to the same agenda as in his previous term.

01/02/2015

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Scott Names Environmental Protection, Elder Affairs Leaders

Jonathan Steverson, who for the past two years has overseen one of the state’s five water-management districts, will head the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as Gov. Rick Scott begins a second term.

12/11/2014

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Gov. Scott Names New Chief For Prisons

Florida Governor Rick Scott has appointed a new chief for Florida’s prison system amid scrutiny over inmate deaths, abuse and alleged cover- ups.

12/10/2014

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