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The Florida Department of Management Services and two companies have reached a settlement in a dispute about who will run three private prisons.

BY DARA KAM NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Senate is easing back on a plan to shutter and demolish four state prisons, agreeing Wednesday to a proposal that would close a single, 1,500- bed correctional institution by Dec. 31. The prison consolidation and closure plan is included in the Senate’s $95 billion […]

“I can’t breathe.” The panic in my brother’s faint voice struck me like a hammer blow. These words have become dreadfully familiar. We were at my uncle’s house for an overnight stay and my brother’s asthma had flared up. But for Black folk nationwide, these words are far more ominous. My little cousins and I […]

While our democracy remains politically, socially, and economically divided, we all have just witnessed the transformative power of the vote by millions of people who care about the future of our nation. 2020 brought renewed global focus to issues of social justice in America. From the racial disparities and inequities highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic […]

BY FLORIDA COURIER STAFF As of Tuesday afternoon, 17,014 inmates in Florida prison had tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic started. The numbers are posted on Florida’s Department of Corrections website. Also, as of Tuesday, 187 inmates had died of COVID-19. The numbers also show that 494 inmates were in medical isolation. That number […]

Attorney A. Wellington Barlow’s Equity in Sentencing Analysis System is changing Florida’s criminal justice system, one case at a time. BY THE FLORIDA COURIER STAFF Unfair and uneven punishment once a person has been convicted of a crime is an American criminal justice system problem, not just an issue in Florida. That’s why in 1983, […]

NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA As the numbers of COVID-19 deaths and infections among inmates and workers continue to increase, state corrections officials on Tuesday extended a ban on prison visitations through Sept. 14. “I want to extend my gratitude to the thousands of families who have recognized the importance of protecting our inmate population by […]

As Florida state prison inmate deaths soar, families feel dread. NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA MIAMI – The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday said a dozen inmates died from complications of COVID-19 at eight prisons within the past week. Dade Correctional Institution, Everglades Correctional Institution, Lowell Correctional Institution and South Florida Reception Center each had […]