Corizon Health

Florida Department of Corrections

As a candidate, Gov. Rick Scott pitched the idea of having private companies provide health care to the state's prisoners in a plan to save taxpayers $1 billion over seven years. But in the first five years of privatization, the cost has climbed from $278 million to $375 million.

Prison Health Changes Begin Taking Effect

Apr 18, 2016
Associated Press

A new prison health contractor started moving into nine North Florida facilities over the weekend, an initial step toward providing care for more than 80,000 inmates, the state Department of Corrections said Friday.

Judge Turns Down Challenge To Prison Health Contract

Apr 13, 2016

An administrative law judge has rejected a challenge to a Florida Department of Corrections decision to award a $268 million contract for health services at the majority of the state's prisons.

Corrections, Wexford Battling Over Prison Health Contract

Mar 22, 2016
Associated Press

A prison health-care company is asking a judge to allow it to pursue a challenge to the Florida Department of Corrections' decision in January to award a contract to another firm to provide health services at the majority of the state's prisons.

Prison Health Contract Under Scrutiny

Feb 15, 2016
Associated Press

Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones is under fire for signing a $268 million, no-bid contract for prison health services after one of the state's two vendors walked away from a five-year, $1.2 billion deal three years early.

State Brings On New Prison Health Provider

Feb 2, 2016
Associated Press

State corrections officials have hired Centurion of Florida LLC to take over prison health services for more than three-fourths of Florida's 100,000 inmates after Corizon Health walked away from a five-year, $1.2 billion contract three years early.

State Looking For Prison Health Answers

Dec 2, 2015
Associated Press

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.

Prison Health Firm Cancels Contract With State

Dec 1, 2015

Saying a contract with the state is "too constraining," a company that provides health care to 75,000 Florida prison inmates gave notice Monday that it will end the agreement as of May 31.

Prison Health Contracts to be Rebid

Feb 23, 2015
The Florida Channel

Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones announced Friday she intends to rebid contracts worth about $1.4 billion with private companies to provide health-care services to the state's 100,000 inmates.

Jones's announcement came amid increased scrutiny of Florida's prison system, the third-largest in the country, after reports of guards abusing inmates, a rising number of unexplained inmate deaths and lawsuits from investigators who claim they were retaliated against after exposing wrongdoing.

Florida Department of Corrections

Florida Department of Corrections Chief Julie Jones said Wednesday she plans to renegotiate or rebid the state's private health care contracts, the Palm Beach Post reports. 

Florida Department of Corrections

 Private health firms did not provide the Florida Department of Corrections multiple reports on inmate deaths, or provided the information in part or after deadlines, the Palm Beach Post reports.

The contractors, Corizon Inc. and Wexford Health Sources, were cited in 33 different reviews of inmate deaths, the Post reports. Corizon oversees health care for about 75,000 of the state’s 100,000 inmates.

Florida Department of Corrections

The health care company under contract at most of Florida's state prisons was fined $22,500 after the Florida Department of Corrections found the firm did not meet expectations set by their contract, the Ocala Star Banner reports.

Volusia County jail officials are reconsidering their contract with the nation’s largest private prison health care provider, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

Corizon Health includes Volusia County among its more than 500 prison and jail contracts across the nation.It also is playing part in Gov. Rick Scott’s efforts to privatize prison health care, the News-Journal said.

A judge ruled the Legislature's attempt to privatize prison health care by sneaking the change into the budget, instead of holding a full vote, violates law. The state will appeal.