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Jones: Initial Transition To New Prison Health Provider Is 'Phenomenal,' More To Come

Centurion of Florida

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.

Last year, Corizon Health abruptly pulled out of its contractwith the state. The private prison health provider, at the time, oversaw the medical services for more than 80 percent of Florida’s inmates. Now, Centurion of Florida is taking over the inmate medical care of three regions. And, Prison Chief Julie Jones says the transfer started with the North Florida area and is working toward the other areas of the state.

“It’s phenomenal what Centurion has been able to do in a short period of time,” she said. “We’ve transferred the operations now of nine facilities, and we may have a dozen or so, next week.”

The goal is to finish the transfer for all 41 facilities by the end of May. Jones says Centurion is in the process of hiring the existing Corizon employees.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.