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 […]

Inside Lewisburg Prison: A Choice Between A Violent Cellmate Or Shackles From NPR

On Feb. 3, 2011, corrections officers at the Lewisburg federal penitentiary in central Pennsylvania arrived outside Sebastian Richardson’s cell door. With them was a man looking agitated, rocking back and forth and staring down at Richardson, who at 4 feet, 11 inches was nicknamed “Bam Bam.” The man, officers told Richardson, was his new cellmate. […]

Lawsuit settled over inmate health care From News4Jax.com

The Florida Department of Corrections and former prison health-care provider Corizon have agreed to pay about $2.1 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging that the state agency and the company denied hernia operations to inmates to save money. Under the settlement, Corizon agreed to pay $1.7 million to current and former inmates. The Department […]

Why Prisoners Across the Country Have Gone on Strike

Following a call for a nationwide prison strike that began September 9, inmates in at least three states have organized work stoppages or staged protests in support of improving their wages and working conditions. Here’s the latest on the strike and the issues behind it: How many prisoners are on strike? The strike’s organizers had […]

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