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Groups back alternatives to incarceration

03/04/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Finn Kavanagh, vice president and regional director of Phoenix House, and Sara Romeo, executive director and CEO of Tampa Crossroads Inc. joined us to discuss an alternative to building more state prisons. It's being backed by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.

Here's how The Florida Alchohol And Drug Abuse Association described it: "Florida finds itself in an untenable situation; there are not enough state resources to support the prison construction needed over the next five years. Today ther...

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Ex-corrections chief blasted prison food service

02/22/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last week, WMNF reported on a rally held in Miami by labor and community leaders calling for an investigation of Aramark’s food service contract with Florida’s Department of Corrections.

The activists referenced an audit by a Florida Inspector General which found that Aramark was collecting “windfall profits” from its contract with the state, and that by doing the work for itself, the state could save approximately $7-million a year.

But instead of firing the company, the stat...

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Activists protest against private contractor listen

02/15/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A little over a year ago, a Florida Inspector General blasted the Aramark Corp., saying the company had made millions in "windfall profits" from savings instead of passing them along to the state's prison system.

The Philadelphia-based company was contracted by the state back in 2001 to provide food service at most of its prisons in order to save the state money.

The report said that because feed rates had dropped, the company was pocketing an additional $4.9 million per year that shoul...

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