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Florida’s correctional facilities are no longer under lockdown and prisoner visitation has now been restored.

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

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Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones says she’s outraged over the inadequate mental health care services offered at a facility operated by one of Florida’s private prison health care providers. So, she terminated that contract with Wexford Health Sources Wednesday.

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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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The head of the Florida Department of Corrections says her agency is doing its part to help make sure released inmates aren’t targeted by potential human traffickers.

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The new head of the Florida budget panel for criminal and civil justice is giving his fellow members some homework.

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Florida’s largest state agency is asking the Governor and the state Legislature for more than $147 million. While Florida Department of Corrections officials say pay increases are among their top legislative priorities, the union that has taken back the bargaining rights for the department’s correctional officers hopes even more money will be forthcoming.

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The Florida Department of Corrections is starting to implement a new program aimed at making sure released offenders don’t come back to the state’s prison system. Prison officials say Spectrum is a research-based program unique to Florida.

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Columbia Correctional Institution is returning to normal operations after a lockdown. It’s among several North Florida correctional facilities that experienced prison riots over the last week. But, the head of the union that represents thousands of Florida’s corrections officers says the uprisings speak to a long-standing issue within the Florida Department of Corrections.

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The number of people returning to prison based on technical violations has contributed to an uptick in this year’s new prison admissions. Looking for solutions to that problem came up during this year’s legislative session and is a priority for the head of the Florida Department of Corrections.

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Florida’s prison chief is recognizing some of her correctional staff during Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week.

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The Florida Department of Corrections went out of state in its continued effort to recruit more correctional officers Thursday.

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The head of the Florida’s prison system says she already looking ahead to the next legislative session.

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Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones has landed in the Legislature’s cross hairs for plans to close a prison rehabilitation program in Broward County to open up more office space.

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In the last of a two-part series, WFSU's Sascha Cordner continues the conversation with Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones, who has been in her role for more than a year. We’ll hear more about what direction she’d like the prison agency to take, what’s in store for some of her employees, and her take on certain legal challenges affecting the agency.

Last week, we aired Part 1 of our conversation. Listen below to Part 2, which aired on Friday's Capital Report.

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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