The Federal government has sued Florida’s Department of Corrections for not offering kosher meals to all prison inmates.

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 In less than 16 months, Chris Nocco, the sheriff of Pasco County, has gone from Chris Who to the Chris Wow. Gov. Rick Scott appointed Nocco, 36, as sheriff in spring 2011 to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Bob White.

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George Zimmerman is staying in a safehouse in Seminole County after bonding out of jail for the second time, his attorneys said Sunday.

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Floodwaters from torrential rains damaged homes and closed roads throughout the Florida Panhandle, cutting power to the county jail and sending residents to emergency shelters as the area braced for additional rains Sunday.

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By Matt Lakin

Cocke county jail inmate Terry Lynn Fine standing by his bunk in his cell.
Terry Lynn Fine estimates he spent most of his life dealing drugs or stealing in order to buy drugs, mainly pain pills, before his latest arrival inside this cell in the Cocke County jail. Fine. 47, is serving a 12-year sentence. That sentence currently costs taxpayers about $35 per day
NEWPORT,TENNESSEE — Terry Lynn Fine eats, sleeps and passes every minute of the day at public expense.

He's lived most of his 47 years on other people's money — whether stealing, selling pain pills or doing time in his second home at the Cocke County jail.

 

 

 

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Florida Prison Guards Monitoring Prison Inmates

Posted on 12 December 2011

Tallahassee, FL - The results are in: the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) is corrupt, according to its former chairwoman, a former Republican State Senator. Former chairwoman Nancy Argenziano says that corporate interests have turned the PSC into a cash machine to the great expense of friends and families of those incarcerated within the state of florida.

In Septemeber 2010, Argenziano resigned in disgust at what the Public Service Commision had become after S.B. 2626 removed the caps on the state’s phone service providers (“operator services”).

Published in Inmate Telephone News
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 15:46

Prison Co. Finds Way Around Taxes With Cows

Prison Co. Finds Way Around Taxes With Cows
Blog by Bob Norman
POSTED: Wednesday, October 26, 2011
UPDATED: 4:07 pm EDT October 28, 2011

The plan to build an 1,800-bed private immigration prison in Southwest Ranches has been met with protests and controversy, but town council members say the prison is needed to bring the town new revenues. Too bad it hasn't reaped much from the prison firm, Nashville-based CCA, yet. The company has gotten off dirt cheap on property taxes, paying less on the 22 acre property it bought to build the prison back in 1998 than most nearby homeowners.

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Inmate Larry Stone discovered the phone system was mistakenly depositing money into his account, so he took advantage of it, deputies said.

 

By Arelis R. Hernández, Orlando Sentinel

The charge was supposed to be refunded to his inmate account. But, the 32-year-old checked his balance and discovered his account now had more money than before the call. He made another call and hung up to test his luck. Again, more money magically appeared.

He repeated the exercise 77 times, exploiting the glitch that was mistakenly depositing credit into inmate trust accounts for each incomplete phone call.

After four hours of dialing a combination of local, long-distance and international numbers, Stone had accumulated more than $1,250 — enough money to bond out of jail, according to a Sheriff's Office investigative report.

Stone, who was arrested in April on property-crime charges, walked out of the Tavares facility earlier this month with $50. But he wasn't free for long.

News of the bug floated to other inmates, who began to spend inordinate amounts of time on the phone.

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By Amy KD Tobik | October 20, 2010

Heidi Alfonzo's face glows when she talks about her "girls." With great enthusiasm, she describes their eagerness to learn and their natural knack for writing.

For the past eight months, Alfonzo has been spending her weekends at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford, giving incarcerated women an opportunity to study literature and use their creativity in her new class called "Do the Write Thing."

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