The Closing and Privatizing of Florida's Prisons

Florida lawmakers have shot down a bill that would have privatized prisons in the southern half of the state. But several prisons may be still be closed because there are more than 10,000 empty prison beds statewide.
One of those is Hillsborough Correctional Institution – a woman’s prison on the “hit” list. Backers of keeping the faith-and character-based prison open the state made a huge error because it did not consider the recidivism rate of prisoners. That could cost the state more money as inmates get out, commit new crimes and end up back behind bars.

Corrections Officers, Hillsborough Correctional Institution
State Senator, Pasco County
Tallahassee Bureau Chief, Tampa Bay Times

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