Florida Deparmtent of Corrections

Canine Performance Earns Florida DOC National Recognition

Jun 12, 2015
Elsa Blaine Via Flikr / WFSU News

Some special members of a unit in the Office of Inspector General at the Florida Department of Corrections recently placed in the top ten teams at a national competition.

Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

The Florida Department of Corrections is still engaged in a legal dispute over whether it can privatize the state’s inmate health care services, after a Legislative budget panel gave them permission. But, the unions, who filed the challenge, say it’s not only illegal, it’s unfair to the thousands of public employees who will lose their jobs. A Leon County Circuit Judge heard arguments Monday, and says he won’t rule until he gets more information from all the parties involved.

Some lawmakers are raising concerns about the Department of Corrections closure of prisons, two facilities in particular. As Sascha Cordner reports, while some argued about the closing of a women’s faith-based prison, others wonder if the department is taking into account the impact of shutting down prisons in small communities.