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Prison Health Care Goes Fully Private

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.

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