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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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Another north Florida Correctional officer is facing felony charges related to contraband.

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The Florida Department of Corrections doesn’t have enough staff and should increase the number of cameras at its institutions. That’s according to an audit of several of the state’s prison facilities highlighting areas the agency is doing well, and not so well.

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In the past few months, there’ve been a slew of arrests of Florida correctional officers—three just this week. Many have dealt with gassing inmates, and state officials say finding these so-called bad apples is proof of recently implemented prison reform policies. But, some may disagree.

A North Florida correctional officer is facing a felony charge for alleged smuggling, following her Wednesday arrest. It’s the latest in a slew of arrests this week within the Florida Department of Corrections.

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The Florida Department of Corrections has fired and arrested two officers, accused of using excessive use of force and falsely reporting it.

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A north Florida correctional officer is facing charges of assaulting an inmate with a chemical agent and lying about it. He was arrested Tuesday and fired from the state’s prison agency.

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The Florida Department of Corrections has officially started a new initiative created through an Executive Order to improve inmate treatment. Two correctional facilities will be test cases. And, the head of Florida's prison system says she’s also looking into some other ideas.

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Governor Rick Scott has issued an additional executive order looking to reform Florida’s troubled Department of Corrections.

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The state’s court system will be a top priority next year in Florida’s criminal justice budget. That’s what a group of Florida lawmakers have vowed to do.

A prison break by two killers in upstate New York, followed by a weeks-long man hut, is dominating headlines. But statistics suggest Floridians shouldn’t be losing sleep.

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Florida’s criminal justice budget issues cover a broad spectrum of agencies from Florida’s troubled prison system to the state’s courts system. While some areas of the budget got funded, other areas seen as priorities were lacking.

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Two Franklin County correctional officers are facing federal charges for allegedly violating the civil rights of an inmate. Both were arrested by the FBI Wednesday.

Florida Channel

The head of Florida’s troubled prison system is optimistic as budget talks continue.  The House and Senate have agreed, for the most part, on the funding, with a few things that still need to be ironed out.

Florida Channel

As Florida lawmakers continue to iron out how much funding will go toward the state’s troubled prison system, some are hopeful there will be enough to cover staffing levels and deteriorating buildings.

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The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the gruesome death of a Florida inmate and may conduct a broader civil rights investigation into the state’s troubled prison system.

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After recently issuing an Executive Order reforming Florida’s prisons, proponents of prison reform are weighing in on Governor Rick Scott’s order.  Still, some lawmakers say prison reform bills could still be in the works for 2016.

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