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Here are the budget differences between the Florida House and Senate

Florida Senate and House budget committees approved spending plans that top $115 billion; but there are differences.
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Lawmakers approve a plan to expand the deployment of Florida National Guard members to work at prisons

Under the plan, $23.5 million will pay salaries for 100 additional Florida National Guard members to work at prisons through June 30.
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Florida continues to tap National Guard personnel to work in prisons

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration wants to assign another 100 guard members to Florida prisons and buy dozens of trailers to house them.

The Politics of Incarceration and Re-entry

Florida has an incarceration rate of 795 per 100.000 people including prisons, jails, immigration detention and juvenile justice. This means Florida locks up a higher percentage of it’s people than any democracy on earth. Many...
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Florida needs to spend at least $2.2 billion to fix a “perfect storm” of problems in its prisons

A new report says Florida prisons need $2.2 billion in repairs, retrofits and staffing to address “‘immediate” needs.
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Court says inmate can sue Florida for violating his religious rights over prison meals during Ramadan

Akeem Muhammad sued while an inmate at Florida State Prison, saying officials did not provide meals before astronomical twilight.
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Florida inmates and prisons grapple with ‘oppressive’ heat

In Florida’s unairconditioned prisons, advocates for inmates say cooling efforts fall short at some facilities.

A challenge to Florida prison solitary confinement ends

The Florida Department of Corrections has fended off a lawsuit over the use of solitary confinement in prisons.

Florida Supreme Court will weigh the issue of prison ‘gain time’

The Florida Supreme Court will hear a dispute about prison gain time -- whether someone is eligible for early release from prison.
Dianne Hart on Primary Election Day, 2018

Legislators want compassionate release because of coronavirus in Florida prisons

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources More than 13,000 Florida prisoners have tested positive for coronavirus. There are more than 2,000 confirmed cases among staff within Florida’s correctional facilities. We hear from several...
Dianne Hart on Primary Election Day, 2018

With Florida coronavirus outbreaks, state representative wants at-risk prisoners released

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Some of the major hotspots for coronavirus cases in Florida are in jails and prisons. That’s why State Representative Dianne Hart (D-Tampa) has asked Florida Governor Ron...
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Nationwide prisoner strike includes Florida

The national prison strike has reached Florida; according to the Gainesville Chapter of Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee prisoners at five Florida facilities are striking: Dade, Charlotte, Holmes, Franklin and Apalachee. Friday in Sarasota there is...

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