TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Florida Governor Rick Scott has ordered an independent analysis of the state’s prison system.READ MORE: Gabby Petito's Parents Traveled To Wyoming To Bring Her Remains Home
He also ordered the development of two prisons to test new ways of handling and housing prisoners with mental health issues, as well as the general population.
Scott issued the order Thursday. He is also directing the Department of Corrections to work with the departments of Children and Families and Juvenile Justice on how to improve mental health services.READ MORE: No Bond For Accused Hollywood Cop Killer Jason Banegas Who Was Released From From Jail 30 Days Ago On Juvie Probation
The two prototype prisons will be developed at existing facilities.
Florida’s often-criticized prison system is one of the nation’s largest and houses roughly 100,000 inmates. But it’s been under increased scrutiny after suspicious deaths and allegations of cover-ups.
This is the second time this year Scott has issued an order attempting to address problems with the prison.MORE NEWS: Walt Disney World Debuts "Genie" And "Genie+" Which Create Customized Daily Itineraries
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