State Brings On New Prison Health ProviderState corrections officials have hired Centurion of Florida LLC to take over prison health services for more than three-fourths of Florida's 100,000 inmates after Corizon Health walked away from a five-year, $1.2 billion contract three years early.
Prison Health Firm's Exit Leaves State Looking For AnswersFlorida prisons chief Julie Jones is considering hiring temp agencies to fill in the gap after Corizon Health officials decided to walk away from the largest prison health-care contract in the country.
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 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.
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.
House Seeks 'More Eyes' On Prison SystemSaying 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.
Prison Investigators Testify About Being SilencedTestifying 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.
Prisons Chief To Seek Revamp Of Health Care Contracts
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.
Prisons Chief Says Proposed Changes Already Underway
Florida Gov. Scott Vows To Focus On Jobs During 2nd TermFlorida Governor Rick Scott is taking on his second term promising to stick to the same agenda as in his previous term.
Scott Names Environmental Protection, Elder Affairs LeadersJonathan 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.