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Settlement Reached On Services For Disabled Inmates

Jul 11, 2017

In a move that could affect thousands of Florida inmates, attorneys representing disabled prisoners and the Department of Corrections have settled a lawsuit accusing the state of discriminating against prisoners who are deaf, blind or confined to wheelchairs.

Prison Agency Asks Judge To Reject Hepatitis Arguments

Jun 2, 2017

The Florida Department of Corrections this week asked a federal judge to reject arguments that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by not providing “cutting edge” drugs to prisoners with hepatitis C.

Florida lawmakers may be looking at getting rid of the state’s so-called “Clean Hands” provision. That provision stops those with a prior felony record from automatically receiving compensation, even if they were wrongfully imprisoned for a new crime.

How are inmates supposed to transition to the world outside of prison? 

For one pre-release program at the Homestead Correctional Institution, the answer is in entrepreneurship. 

State Looking For Prison Health Answers

Dec 2, 2015

Florida prisons chief Julie Jones is considering hiring temp agencies to fill in the gap after Corizon Health officials decided to walk away from the largest prison health-care contract in the country.

Two Florida counties this week switched contractors hired to handle health care at their county jails. The Volusia County Commission on Thursday dumped Corizon Health, which also is the state prison system medical care provider, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

After a two-year legal fight, a private company will soon run Florida’s prison health care system, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Tennessee-based Corizon Inc., the country’s largest private provider of inmate care, will take over Aug. 1. State workers who lose their jobs can apply to work for the private company but will lose state pensions and benefits. Corizon has come under fire in several states over the way it treats inmates. Gov. Rick Scott says the $230-million contract with Corizon will save the state money.