Coronavirus Hits Florida State Prisons Chief & Top AideAs COVID-19 spreads throughout the state’s prison system, Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mark Inch and one of his top lieutenants have tested positive for the virus, the state agency announced late Friday night.
129 Arrests Made Saturday In Miami-Dade CountyLaw enforcement officials are reporting that 129 people were arrested on Saturday in Miami-Dade County.
Florida Prison Overdoses Not Tracked Amid Contraband ProblemsFlorida’s prison system, the third-largest in the nation, has long faced issues with contraband drugs, yet the state agency that grapples with the problems does not track the number of inmates treated for overdoses.
Investigation Launched After Video Shows Florida Prison Guards Beat InmateState corrections officials are investigating after a video posted to YouTube shows a group of officers beating an inmate on the lawn of a Florida prison.
Ex-Florida Prisons Chief Lands New Mexico JobFormer Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones will take a similar post on the other side of the country, after being hired by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to head New Mexico’s prison system.
Drones Delivering Contraband To Prisons A Budding ProblemThe days of baking nail files into cakes are long gone.
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.
Study: Florida Prisons Understaffed And DeterioratingA new report that shows Florida's prisons are in a miserable state is shedding an unflattering light on the Department of Corrections.
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 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.