State prisons narrowly escape privatization

02/17/12 Lisa Marzilli
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It was a busy week in Tallahassee as it always is when the Legislature’s in session.

The big story, the state Senate narrowly defeated a measure that would have privatized at least 27 prisons and created the largest corporate-run prison system in the country. The vote was a close one (21-19) with the senate’s 12 democrats joining 9 republicans to kill the bill.

Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Scott told reporters on Thursday, he will "explore opportunities to privatize state prisons on his own".

And, in an update to the pending closure of Hillsborough Correctional Institution in Riverview, today, Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis refused to issue a temporary injunction that would have blocked the closure saying the inmate plaintiffs had not proven the Department of Correction's plan to close the facility violated state law.

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