Miami – More than 60,000 prisoners in Florida go without relief from the scorching summer temperatures. FAMM and Florida Cares are inviting the public to participate in a “Beat the Heat” awareness event, where they will be challenged to spend three minutes in an interactive exhibit featuring a mock prison cell. The event will be held on Aug, 23rd from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the University of Miami.
Beat the Heat
Friday, August 23, 2019
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
University of Miami
In many Florida counties, including Miami-Dade, Volusia and Pinellas, laws require dog kennels to provide air conditioning and air ventilation to keep animals safe during sweltering temperatures. There are no similar laws protecting prisoners.
The event will feature remarks from Florida’s Deputy House Democratic Leader Shevrin Jones (D-West Park) as well as the formerly incarcerated individuals and families of those affected by these brutal conditions.
Additional sponsors include: University of Miami Sociology & Criminology Club, University of Miami School of Law and Hope Public Interest Resource Center.
For nearly three decades, FAMM has united the voices of affected families, the formerly incarcerated, and a range of stakeholders and advocates to fight for a more fair and effective justice system. FAMM’s focus on ending a one-size-fits-all punishment structure has led to reforms to sentencing and prison policies in 6 states and is paving the way to programs that support rehabilitation for the 94% of all prisoners who will return to our neighborhoods one day.