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Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill into law meant to help Florida’s inmates.

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No correctional officers are responsible for the scalding hot shower death of mentally ill inmate Darren Rainey. That’s according to Miami Dade’s State Attorney, who released a report concluding just that. But, some people aren’t buying it.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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Governor Rick Scott has issued an executive order seeking to reform Florida’s troubled prison system, after the legislation died over a budget impasse between the House and Senate.

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The head of Florida’s troubled prison system is asking for the release of the findings into the case of a mentally ill inmate who died in the department’s custody years ago.

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Prison reform may be officially dead this session, but prison reform advocates remain hopeful there will be some meaningful reform for Florida’s troubled prison system.

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The House’s prison reform package is now on its way back to the Senate for approval, before it can head to the Governor’s desk for the final OK.

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The House’s prison reform package is now heading to the floor, after passing its last committee Tuesday. But, even though the measure went through more changes, some say the bill—that still differs from its Senate counterpart—is now heading in the wrong direction.

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The Florida Senate has passed an omnibus prison reform package aimed at revamping Florida’s troubled prison system.

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A comprehensive prison reform package is now headed to the Senate, but is the House getting ready to start making its own move to reform Florida’s troubled Department of Corrections?

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A panel of Florida lawmakers is continuing a discussion into reforming the state’s troubled prison system by hearing testimony about widespread corruption and abuse within the prison walls.

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Florida prisons are getting a shake down after reports of corruption and prisoner abuse. Now Senators are asking those with an inside view to help give them a better understanding of what’s happening in Florida’s prisons.

Sen. Greg Evers (R-Baker) listening to Senate Democratic Leader Arthenia Joyner on her thoughts on his omnibus prison reform bill Wednesday..
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A comprehensive prison reform package cleared another Senate committee Wednesday. But, at the bill’s next stop, the measure may look a little different due to some bipartisan concerns with the omnibus bill.

Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones speaking Monday to the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, chaired by Sen. Greg Evers (R-Baker).
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As Florida lawmakers continue to delve into making changes to the state’s troubled prison system, some want to hear from the employees affected by the changes. But, several correctional officers say they’re afraid of retaliation from the prison agency due to a new policy some are calling a “gag order.”

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Prison reform is slated to be a big issue this upcoming legislative session, and a re-do of prison health care contracts will be part of the reform efforts. The new Florida Department of Corrections Secretary says she’s making progress on the issue—something lawmakers are keeping an eye on.

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A Senate panel unanimously passed an omnibus package aimed at reforming Florida’s troubled prison system Monday. It includes creating a nine-member oversight board that can do surprise inspections, convene public hearings, and conduct independent investigations of correctional facilities. That part is authored by Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island).

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