Oh, who needed prison reform, anyway?
Certain Florida lawmakers just couldn’t get out of Tallahassee fast enough, even if it meant dropping a major prison oversight bill like a hot potato.
A bill which included creation of an oversight committee to watchdog the Florida Department of Corrections sailed through the Senate- but the House balked at the oversight provision.
Then the House, in a snit-fit worthy of the Terrible Twos, adjourned yesterday, three days before the session was slated to end. They couldn’t agree on health coverage, so why keep talking when you could pack your bags and go home? asked House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island.
Bills were left in in the dust. And so was prison reform.
That’s despite the fact that in the last year, The Palm Beach Post, the Miami Herald and the News Service of Florida have all detailed horrific neglect, abuse and deaths.
And just this month, an ex-Florida prison guard – and reputed Ku Klux Klan Grand Cyclops – was
arrested and charged with conspiring to murder a former inmate. Also arrested were two other Florida state prison guards, both identified as KKK members.