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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Florida lawmakers are close to deciding on the state’s criminal justice budget. A large portion deals with the state’s prison agency.

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A bill building on past reforms to Florida’s prison system is continuing to take shape.

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The head of the Florida Department of Corrections received unanimous approval during her second Senate confirmation hearing. Her initial hearing occurred in November.

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The Florida Department of Corrections is moving forward with finding new private prison health care providers to run those services in the coming months. That’s after the state’s main prison health care provider recently terminated its contract with the state.

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The head of the Florida Department of Corrections says she’s asking the legislature for more funds to hire more correctional officers to help with the understaffing problem. And, Governor Rick Scott says he’s backing her amended legislative request.

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The Florida Department of Corrections continues to undergo staffing troubles, roofs need repairs, and salary parity is still a main concern among correctional officers. That’s according to a recently completed study looking into the operations of the prison agency.

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Should Florida’s prisons fully ban the use of tobacco products? A recent study recommends that change as one solution to the Florida Department of Corrections’ contraband problem.

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As a private prison health provider’s contract with the state draws to an end, some wonder how Corizon’s cancellation of the contract will impact Florida inmates as well as employees.

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Some are hailing a decision by the main private provider charged with the health care of Florida’s inmates to terminate its contract with the state.

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Governor Rick Scott wants the state legislature to approve more than $80 million to help Florida’s prison system, and the state’s prison chief says it’s needed.

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Making sure former inmates have a fair shot when they leave the prison system could be a legislative goal in 2016. Some top Florida lawmakers say they’ve heard some horror stories of people getting sent back to prison over minor infractions.

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Excessive use of force incidents are down, but officials say Florida’s troubled prison agency still needs more staff. Those are just some of the issues that came up during the prison chief’s initial Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday.

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A north Florida correctional officer has been arrested for smuggling contraband into a prison.

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A Leon County Circuit Judge is considering a case filed by an atheist group against Florida halfway houses, after recently hearing oral arguments.

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Several correctional officers from across the state are hoping Florida lawmakers will consider raising their pay during the 2016 legislative session.

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There are some lingering questions surrounding Florida’s troubled prison system, and some Florida lawmakers want answers.

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In recent months, multiple correctional officers have been arrested for crimes ranging from assaulting inmates to smuggling contraband into correctional facilities. All of the reports of misconduct within the state’s prison system hail from the North Florida region.

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Florida lawmakers are hoping to further reform Florida’s troubled prison system with a proposal currently in the works. But, there’s at least one area of the bill that’s giving the head of the prison agency a bit of pause.

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A former Suwannee Correctional officer is the latest arrest within the Florida Department of Corrections for using excessive force on an inmate.

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Florida’s troubled prison system is going through a bit of a revamp, as it also seeks to retain its correctional officers. As part of the Secretary’s latest endeavor, she’s trying to give the agency a new mission as well as a new logo.

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