Exchange for Change, a Miami nonprofit that teaches inmates how to write essays, poetry and short stories, will showcase the inmates’ work at the Miami-Dade Main Library on Saturday. Former inmates and family members of current inmates will read the works.
An uprising Wednesday night at Holmes Correctional was the latest in a rash of inmate disturbances across Florida. Prisons were bracing for nationwide protests Friday, on the 45th anniversary of the Attica riot.
The Miami Herald asked the Department of Corrections for records and videos on inmates and prison-based injuries, but the agency relied on broad exemptions in state law when shielding many of the documents from the record. An appeals court said the agency had a right to do that.
The Department of Corrections wrongly turned its investigative might against one of its own — violating its own policies, stacking up allegations against a whistleblower, and spending more time focused on investigating him than they spent on probing a claim of inmate abuse, a law enforcement panel ruled late Tuesday.
On a routine visit to the state’s largest prison for youthful offenders, state Rep. David Richardson of Miami Beach discovers that inmates were told to throw away their food trays for talking in the mess hall.
Doug Glisson, a senior investigator at the Department of Corrections, is seeking reinstatement to his position as a supervisor in the agency’s Office of Inspector General, after a five-member Complaint Review Board concluded that the complaint against him was “unfounded.”
The anniversary of the death of Darren Rainey, who collapsed in a brutally hot shower that was used to punish inmates at Dade Correctional Institution, was marked Thursday with a protest at the state attorney’s office.
Four years after a mentally ill man was herded into a brutally hot shower at Dade Correctional Institution and locked inside until he collapsed and died, no one has been held accountable and no criminal charges have been filed. Investigations continue.
Reporters at the Miami Herald took home several prizes at the 2016 Florida Society of News Editors awards as Carol Marbin Miller was honored with the prestigious Paul Hansell Award for Distinguished Achievement in Florida Journalism.
A new watchdog has been hired to oversee Florida’s troubled Department of Corrections, which has been mired in lawsuits, federal probes and accusations of corruption and brutality against inmates for years. Lester Fernandez will oversee all probes into wrongdoing in the prisons.