Lawmakers Pump Up Prisons BudgetWhile slicing and dicing other areas of the budget, lawmakers plan to boost the state's spending on prisons by $43 million to address needs such as replacing vehicles and fixing leaky roofs and to wipe out a years-long deficit.
Former Prisons Chief Knocks Scott For Ignoring Real ProblemsThe former director of the state's prisons has knocked Governor Rick Scott for reportedly ignoring the crisis in the corrections' system.
Gov. Scott Names New Chief For PrisonsFlorida Governor Rick Scott has appointed a new chief for Florida's prison system amid scrutiny over inmate deaths, abuse and alleged cover- ups.
Scott Urged To Make Interim Secretaries Permanent At DCF, DJJAs he gets ready to start a second term, Gov. Rick Scott will have to choose leaders for the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Department of Juvenile Justice.
State Corrections Chief ResignsAmid reports of abuse by state prison guards, allegations of retaliation against whistleblowers and a multimillion-dollar deficit, Gov. Rick Scott's corrections chief, Mike Crews, has announced that he's stepping down.
Exclusive: Warden Says He Was “Fall Guy” In Inmate’s Death When inmate Darren Rainey died an excruciating death in a scalding hot shower at the Dade Correctional Institution, allegedly being punished by guards, Jerry Cummings was the warden. Cummings, in his first on-camera interview, told CBS4's Gary Nelson he was made the scapegoat after Rainey's death was revealed this year in an expose by The Miami Herald.
Federal Probe Sought Into Florida Prison Death Lawyers for an inmate who died at a Florida prison after telling her family that a prison guard had threatened her life are asking the U.S. Department of Justice for an investigation.
Florida Corrections Dept. Fires 32 WorkersIn what has become a frequent exercise, Department of Corrections Secretary Mike Crews has fired 32 more workers accused of breaking the law, including three prison guards involved in the gassing death of an inmate at a Panhandle prison four years ago.
Florida Fires 11 Prison Employees In Crackdown In the wake of abuse allegation, Florida prison officials fired six more employees.
Corrections Chief Installs New Leaders At Troubled Miami-Dade PrisonA new warden has been named at Dade Correctional Institution after the previous warden and two of his assistants were fired after the investigation into an inmate death who died in a scalding shower was taking too long.
Prison Chief To Assess Scalding Shower Death The head of Florida's prison system is heading to Dade Correctional Institution to try to help with the investigation into the death of a mentally ill inmate.