Let’s pick up where we left off: On Jan 25, the Editorial Board pointed out that Gov. Rick Scott and state lawmakers already “have gladly paid millions upon millions to maintain substandard, murderous conditions in Florida’s prisons.” We asked, “Can they really think Ms. [Julie] Jones’ budget request is too much to turn that around?”
Anyone who believed that a mutual decision by the United States and Cuba to normalize diplomatic relations would produce immediate changes is bound to be disappointed by the results of the first round of face-to-face talks between top diplomats for the two countries.
The new secretary of Florida’s Department of Corrections went before the state Senate’s Criminal Justice Committee and went off-message. It’s about time somebody did. Julie Jones told lawmakers last week the inconvenient truth that the prison system is in deep trouble.
With the world transfixed by the horrible rampage in France, it is more necessary than ever for the United States to take a stand against terrorism. The most effective way to do that in one stroke is by closing the military prison at Guantánamo.