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Florida’s 98,000 incarcerated citizens had a voice today at the Florida Department of Corrections public hearing. Prisoner support groups gathered for three hours to implore the department to reconsider a proposed visitation policy change.

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One nonprofit group is hoping to help 635 Tallahassee-area kids get holiday gifts this year, despite their parents’ being in prison. 

The Christian nonprofit Prison Fellowship Ministries has run the Angel Tree program for nearly 40 years. CEO and President Jim Liske says this year, 23,000 prisoners across Florida have signed their children up to receive gifts. And demand usually exceeds the number of volunteers.

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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is continuing to investigate how two inmates got shot at a north central Florida prison over the weekend.

On Saturday, Columbia Correctional officers initially reported two inmates had been stabbed. That’s according to a news release by the Columbia County Sheriff’s office. Later, when deputies arrived at the prison, they realized the inmates had been shot, not stabbed. And, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger says that’s in line with her agency’s investigation of the matter so far.

Lawmakers Push For More Juvenile Sentencing Guidelines

Mar 25, 2014
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Though it likely won’t become law this session, lawmakers are considering a proposal which would change the way prosecutors decide whether to charge kids as adults. Its supporters say the state needs more rules to protect juveniles. But detractors say prosecutors need leeway to do their jobs – and may be doing it better year after year.

Capital Report: 08-23-2013

Aug 23, 2013

Since April, 20 children who had already been on the Department of Children and Family’s radar, died from child abuse or neglect. It’s a number state officials say must shrink and, as Regan McCarthy reports, even though it’s months before the start of the next legislative session, lawmakers are already working with experts and community leaders to find solutions.

“A gross misuse" of power. That’s how a lawyer described the Florida Legislature's plan to privatize about 30 South Florida prisons  in a Tallahassee appeals court on Wednesday. And because of a looming deadline, that plan will likely die before the legal challenge against it is resolved.

Capital Report: 03-05-2012

Mar 5, 2012

The Florida Legislature has a full agenda for the final week of its 2012 regular session.  James Call reports, leaders of the House and Senate have reached an agreement on a budget, allowing for an on-time finish to the session…. 

As the final scheduled week of the 2012 Florida Legislative Session got underway, the state senate was working through a long list of bills.  Tom Flanigan reports the issue of allowing unregulated out-of-state insurers to take over Citizens Insurance customers sparked spirited debate…. 

Capital Report: 01-31-2012

Jan 31, 2012

Florida Governor Rick Scott cast his ballot in the state’s Republican Presidential Primary bright and early this (Tuesday) morning. A small army of reporters from the Capital Press Corps was waiting for him….