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Public News Service - FL: Criminal Justice

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - By a two-vote margin Tuesday, Florida lawmakers killed a bill that would have privatized 26 prisons in the state. Corrections officers, backed by unions including the AFL-CIO and Teamsters, fought the legislation. The private-prison move was supported by the Republican majority

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida correctional officers say a proposal to privatize some prisons amounts to the government picking winners and losers. They claim the losers will be correctional officers who would be unemployed or displaced, along with their families and communities. Proponents, including

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Senate has held two workshops on a proposal that would allow three destination casino resorts to be built in South Florida. The bill represents $6 billion in investments in Florida. Supporters say it would create thousands of jobs. But polls indicate the state is divi

MIAMI - The Miami Herald reports that Florida is the number one state in the country for international residential real estate sales, with almost one-third of the nation's foreign-backed property transactions. Most of the deals are in cash. However, the State of Florida and the federal government ma

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Clearing Florida's bulging prison population is the topic of the state House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. The debate is about HB177, a bill to provide early release for non-violent drug offenders who are currently clogging prisons and crimping the state's budget. Rep. Ari Porth

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Crying economic foul, thousands of protesters - part of the Occupy movement, born in the shadows of Wall Street - have taken to the streets in cities across Florida. Occupy Tallahassee activists surrounded the historic Capitol dome. They are of all ages and backgrounds. One is re

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - In the wake of the high-profile Casey Anthony case, several state lawmakers already have filed legislation that would put safeguards in place to protect Florida's children. Many of the bills came after the trial, in which a jury on July 5 cleared Anthony of charges that she kill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The move to privatize 29 south Florida prisons means that about 4,000 corrections officers have big decisions to make. The workers either agree to work for a new prison-for-profit company, or they relocate - at their own expense - to other facilities in Florida, where there are o

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