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Reasons for taxpayers to join prisoners and riot @DOC

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Prisoners are rioting on a regular basis at the Franklin Correctional Institution, and taxpayers will join in soon if the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) doesn’t stop using public funds like cheap toilet paper. It’s been three years since three prison investigators who were doing the jobs we pay them to do confirmed cover-ups of inmate abuse at Franklin Correctional. Instead of firing the abusers and fixing the problems, DOC higher-ups covered up for the miscreants, and punished the good guys with…

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Failure to monitor prison healthcare providers cost Florida $1.2M in undercharges, new audit shows

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A state auditor general’s report found Florida’s Department of Corrections failed to enforce monitoring provisions outlined in contracts with private health care providers. According to LobbyTools, the supervisory failure resulted in the state incurring more than $1 million in additional costs by undercharging vendors. The DOC “did not timely conduct monitoring of inmate health care service provider compliance,” the report says. In 23 of 120 on-site monitoring visits by the DOC from Dec. 2013 to February 2015, providers failed to…

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While lawmakers starve DOC budget, probationers still pay for supervision

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New documents reveal a legislative attack on a trust fund intended to pay for corrections officer training and equipment, which intensified already aggravated under-funding of the Department of Corrections. The situation has now led to dangerous failures in felon supervision, reports Noah Pransky of WTSP News. In 2004, lawmakers closed the trust fund, although the State of Florida continued collecting millions of dollars from probationers over the last 10 years. As the money went to the general revenue fund, the DOC…

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Prison workers with ties to KKK accused of plotting to kill black inmate

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Florida officials say three current and former prison employees were members of the Ku Klux Klan who planned to kill a former inmate who is black. The three men — Thomas Jordan Driver, 25, David Elliot Morgan, 47, and 42-year-old Charles Thomas Newcomb — each were arrested Thursday on one state count of conspiracy to commit murder, according to a statement from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi‘s office. Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office says they planned the murder after the…

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