Friday, August 18, 2017

Florida prisons — all of them — on lockdown



All of Florida’s 97,000 state prison inmates are on lockdown — and will remain confined to their dorms at least through the weekend — in response to unspecified threats about potential rioting, officials from the Florida Department of Corrections confirmed Thursday.

It appears to be the first time in memory that the Florida prison system has been locked down for an indefinite period of time.

The agency has not said specifically what led to the lockdown, other than that the department had received “credible intelligence’’ that “small groups’’ of inmates were planning to cause disturbances.

Florida is the nation’s third-largest prison system, behind California and Texas. FDC has 148 facilities, a budget of $2.4 billion, and more staff than any other state agency.

Florida prisons do not have air-conditioning.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article167756842.html

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