Florida Department of Corrections

Florida’s House Majority Leader is weighing in on a controversy surrounding the Florida Department of Corrections and its decision to close a popular prison rehabilitation program in South Florida.

Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

WFSU's Sascha Cordner sat down with Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones, who has been in her role for more than a year now. Previously, she led the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. She’s now the fourth Prison Chief appointed by Governor Rick Scott as well as the first female to have the role. She’s taken over a troubled agency and is in the process of continuing to implement prison reforms as well as find ways to continue to change her agency’s image.

Hear Part 1 of our conversation below. Stay tuned to next week's Capital Report to hear Part 2.

Centurion of Florida

The initial transition is going well so far for the private provider chosen to take over the health care services for most of Florida’s prison system, and there’s more to come. That’s according to Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones.

Florida Department of Corrections

The Department of Corrections is determined to hire 4,000 new prison guards in the next year and a half, even though lawmakers agreed to pay for just 215 this year.

Florida Channel

As a number of criminal justice issues continue to move in the Florida Legislature, others may be dead this session. That includes a Senate effort to build on past prison reforms.

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