FJI Settles Landmark Lawsuit Against Florida Department of Corrections for Systemic Violations of Disability Laws

Disability Rights Florida, Florida’s federally-funded Protection and Advocacy organization for individuals with disabilities, has settled an historic federal lawsuit against the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) over its systemic failure to comply with federal measures intended to protect individuals with physical disabilities incarcerated throughout Florida’s prisons. The suit was brought with the assistance of attorneys […]

FJI Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Florida Department of Corrections for Not Providing Hepatitis C Treatment

The Florida Justice Institute (FJI) has filed a class action lawsuit against the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) for failing to provide incarcerated people with life-saving medications for hepatitis C, resulting in thousands being left at risk for liver failure, liver cancer, and a very painful death.  The case is brought on behalf of three prisoners—Carl […]

The steep cost of medical co-pays in prison puts health at risk From the Prison Policy Initiative

If your doctor charged a $500 co-pay for every visit, how bad would your health have to get before you made an appointment? You would be right to think such a high cost exploitative, and your neighbors would be right to fear that it would discourage you from getting the care you need for preventable […]

Corrections agency scraps prison contract From the Miami Herald

TALLAHASSEE Citing shortcomings in mental-health services at a South Florida prison, state corrections officials are terminating a contract with a private healthcare provider months before the deal was set to expire. Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones on Wednesday canceled the contract with Wexford Health Sources, giving the Pittsburgh-based company a required 180-day notice of […]

State, former healthcare provider agree to settle suit over prisoners’ untreated hernias From the Miami Herald

BY MARY ELLEN KLAS TALLAHASSEE.  About 1,800 current and former Florida prison inmates who were denied medical care for hernias will be entitled to divide $1.7 million in damages from a class-action lawsuit under a conditional settlement agreed to by the Department of Corrections and its former prison health-care provider, Corizon, and filed in federal […]

Florida’s largest privately-operated women’s prison is in danger zone. Lawmaker wants Gov. Scott to act From the Miami Herald

BY MARY ELLEN KLAS TALLAHASSEE Warning that inmate health and safety is at risk at the state’s largest privately run women’s prison, Rep. David Richardson on Thursday asked Gov. Rick Scott to use his emergency powers to replace the top officers and take state control of Gadsden Correctional Facility. In a letter delivered late Thursday, […]

Lawsuit Filed to Restore Former Felons’ Voting Rights in Florida From the Fair Elections Legal Network

On Monday, March 13 the Fair Elections Legal Network and Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC filed a class action lawsuit that seeks to automatically restore former felons’ voting rights and eliminate Florida’s arbitrary process for re-enfranchisement. The plaintiffs include seven former felons who have applied for restoration of voting rights and have been denied […]

Dubious Data Belies Supreme Court’s Stance on Repeat Sex Offenders From the New York Times

Last week at the Supreme Court, a lawyer made what seemed like an unremarkable point about registered sex offenders. “This court has recognized that they have a high rate of recidivism and are very likely to do this again,” said the lawyer, Robert C. Montgomery, who was defending a North Carolina statute that bars sex […]

‘Horrific’ conditions at Florida prison languish until legislator shows up and asks why From the Miami Herald

TALLAHASSEE When the inmates at Columbia Correctional Institution started shouting at him during one of his surprise prison inspections, Rep. David Richardson knew something was amiss. “I’ve done this long enough to know adult males never want to talk to an outsider in a group setting,” said the Miami Beach Democrat. The fear of retaliation […]

FJI Receives DBR’s Most Effective Lawyer: Public Interest Award From the Daily Business Review

Attorneys from the nonprofit Florida Justice Institute teamed with Kozyak Tropin Throckmorton lawyers for a high-profile class-action against the Florida Department of Corrections and its former medical contractor, Corizon LLC. They negotiated a $2.1 million settlement with the defendants, who were accused of denying prisoners hernia operations to save money. Institute executive director Randall Berg […]

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