What has changed at a North Central Florida prison since life threatening conditions were found?

Health care at the Florida Women’s Reception Center in Ocala was found to be life threatening, according to an audit. Health Reporter Abe Aboraya broke the story about the audit and spoke with Morning Edition Host Renata Sago.


An oversight board has declared a health care emergency at a Florida women’s prison, according to records obtained by WMFE.

Prison System, Contractor Accused Of Denying Inmate Surgeries

Sep 21, 2015
Florida Department of Corrections

Lawyers for Florida inmates have filed a class-action lawsuit against the Department of Corrections and prison health-care provider Corizon, alleging that the state agency and the company are denying hernia operations to save money.

The company that provides health care in state prisons across Florida has replaced two of its top-level 

The winner of a $1.2 billion contract to provide health care to Florida’s prison inmates is being accused of failing to treat patients properly, the News Service of Florida reports. The Department of Corrections says the Missouri-based company Corizon must fix 80 percent of the problems identified in recent audits, or payment will be withheld, according to the News Service.

Polk County Sheriff's Office

Teenagers who were being held at the adult Polk County Jail took the stand in a federal class-action lawsuit that asserts they were given inhumane treatment, including prolonged isolation and being pepper-sprayed while held in cages. 

Florida’s “Prepaid Dental Health Plan,” which contracts with the state to treat  children on Medicaid, was supposed to die with the turnover of Medicaid to managed care plans statewide next year. But it may survive the overhaul with help from some powerful lawmakers, the Florida Times-Union reports. 

A state vendor contracted to provide health care to many of Florida’s prisoners abruptly dismissed two stop executives Wednesday.  The removal of Corizon CEO Rich Hallworth and President Stuart Campbell follows an announcement that Corizon’s parent company’s financial outlook has been downgraded, with the “increasing...likelihood of default,” according to the Broward Bulldog.

The state Department of Corrections failed to require full disclosure of the medical malpractice records of two private prison-health contractors before awarding them billion-dollar contracts, Broward Bulldog reports.

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.