Prison reform dead on arrival in House

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.

Henry Carvajal, whose undiagnosed bone cancer was treated with Tylenol, ibuprofen

Henry Carvajal, whose undiagnosed bone cancer was treated with Tylenol, ibuprofen

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.

Thomas Newcomb, ex guard charged with conspiring to murder former inmate

Thomas Newcomb, ex guard charged with conspiring to murder former inmate

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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