prison reform

Governor Ron DeSantis announced Friday that he has created a new organization to help reduce the state’s recidivism rate through increased investment in career readiness training and community re-entry programs for inmates.

State estimates show Florida could save hundreds of thousands of dollars if it were to allow certain inmates to be released from prison early.

Lawmakers Confronted With Multiple Prison Problems

Dec 20, 2019
The state may have to pay millions of dollars more in treatment costs for inmates infected with hepatitis C.
Florida Department of Corrections

When state lawmakers talk about Florida prisons, a trifecta of problems often comes up: staffing levels, health care costs and crumbling facilities. 

A health plan that provides care to low-income Hillsborough County residents is expanding to serve more people.

Ashoor Rasho has spent more than half his life alone in a prison cell in Illinois — 22 to 24 hours a day. The cell was so narrow he could reach his arms out and touch both walls at once.

"It was pretty broke down — the whole system, the way they treated us," says the 43-year-old Rasho, who has been diagnosed with several mental health conditions, including severe depression, schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder.

Florida's New Prison Chief Seen As Friendly To Reform

Jan 8, 2019

People who study Florida prisons closely — from conservative lawmakers to reform advocates and the loved ones of incarcerated people — responded positively to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ recently announced pick to run the Florida Department of Corrections.

Florida’s troubled prison system is going through a bit of a revamp, as it also seeks to retain its correctional officers. As part of the Secretary’s latest endeavor, she’s trying to give the agency a new mission as well as a new logo.

After recently issuing an Executive Order reforming Florida’s prisons, proponents of prison reform are weighing in on Governor Rick Scott’s order.  Still, some lawmakers say prison reform bills could still be in the works for 2016.

Prison reform may be officially dead this session, but prison reform advocates remain hopeful there will be some meaningful reform for Florida’s troubled prison system.

After reports that a mentally ill inmate was killed by guards, Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mike Crews announced several system-wide reforms, according to the Miami Herald.

Changes will include expanding crisis intervention training for guards, and developing separate re-entry centers for mentally ill inmates, the Herald reports.