Florida prison

Inmates have been unable to see their loved ones and family members in person since March 11, when the department first suspended in-person visitation across the state.
Associated Press

As Florida’s prison system has recorded nearly 1,900 COVID-19 cases, the Florida Department of Corrections on Monday announced it is extending a ban on visitors through June 28.

Possibility Of Coronavirus Outbreak In Prisons Sparks Fear

Apr 2, 2020
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Florida Department of Corrections

As the number of Florida corrections workers testing positive for COVID-19 grows, fears of an outbreak in the nation’s third-largest prison system have gripped employees, inmates and their loved ones.

In Florida’s prison system, if employees test positive for COVID-19, or are suspected of having been in contact with someone who has, they’ll have to use the personal leave time they've accrued when sent home for quarantine.

Prison Population To Remain Above 95,000

Jul 31, 2019
Prisoners crowding around a table
Florida Department of Corrections

Amid widespread talk about revamping criminal sentencing, Florida’s prison population is expected to remain above 95,000 inmates in the coming years, according to new estimates released by state analysts. 

Health Costs Hamper Criminal Justice Budget

Mar 21, 2019
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WMFE

Senate criminal-justice budget writers rolled out a spending plan Wednesday that reflects a funding squeeze caused by the rising costs of health care at state prisons. 

Florida prisons are seeing an increasing number of inmate deaths that authorities blame on a synthetic marijuana substance known as K2, or spice.

The increase in overdoses has prompted state officials to launch an educational campaign intended to show inmates the dangers of using the substance. The campaign was first reported by WLRN's news partner the Miami Herald.

barbed wire prison fence
WMFE

Federal investigators are looking into allegations of rape, assault, and the smuggling of drugs into a central Florida prison for women.

Caitlin Hillyard/KHN

An administrative law judge Friday rejected a challenge to decisions by the Florida Department of Corrections to award two contracts for substance-abuse treatment services in state prisons. 

In the last of a two-part series, WFSU's Sascha Cordner continues the conversation with Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones, who has been in her role for more than a year. We’ll hear more about what direction she’d like the prison agency to take, what’s in store for some of her employees, and her take on certain legal challenges affecting the agency.

Last week, we aired Part 1 of our conversation. Listen below to Part 2, which aired on Friday's Capital Report.

Florida Prisons Plan To Hire More Than 4,000 People

Apr 4, 2016
Inmates have been unable to see their loved ones and family members in person since March 11, when the department first suspended in-person visitation across the state.
Associated Press

Florida's prison agency says it is planning to hire more than 4,000 new correctional officers in the next 15 months.

The Florida Department of Corrections continues to undergo staffing troubles, roofs need repairs, and salary parity is still a main concern among correctional officers. That’s according to a recently completed study looking into the operations of the prison agency.

Former Prison Guard Arrested For Beating Up Inmate

Sep 22, 2015

A former Suwannee Correctional Institution prison guard was arrested Saturday after being accused of beating up a prisoner and lying about it.