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Jeff Brandes say his next focus will be on reforming Florida prison system

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A mentally ill inmate who was in protective custody was found dead at the Columbia Correctional Institution on Tuesday, a day after a corrections officer was hospitalized in an attack. It’s yet another black mark on a prison system that many say is overcrowded and underfunded, though Department of Corrections insist those issued had nothing to do with the attack. The Florida Legislature opted not to give the Department of Corrections the 734 additional positions that the agency said were necessary to…

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Tom Lee on Tallahassee budget impasse: ‘We don’t know how this is going to play out’

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As state lawmakers prepare to complete unfinished business in Tallahassee in a special session slated to begin in 12 days, one of the most important members of the 120-member Florida Legislature said on Wednesday that he’s not exactly sure what to expect when the House and Senate return next month to the Capitol to hammer out a budget agreement. “We really don’t know how this is going to play out,” said Brandon area state Sen. Tom Lee, the Senate Appropriations Committee chairman. Lee was…

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