Tag: Bridges of America

Jim RosicaNovember 29, 2016

An administrative law judge is recommending dismissing a challenge to the Department of Corrections seeking outside substance-abuse treatment and other transitioning-back-into-society services in Orange County. Bridges of America, the Orlando-based nonprofit that runs the program, has for months been waging a legal and PR battle to keep its facility open, and another in Broward County. […]

Peter SchorschOctober 25, 2016

An Orlando-based nonprofit says the state’s Department of Corrections is wrongly trying to discredit a POLITICO Florida report showing that it “misled” the public about shutting down community based re-entry centers. Bridges of America, one of several outside organizations helping ex-cons and others, also said DOC “continues to fail to address that they don’t have the […]

Staff ReportsOctober 21, 2016

The Department of Corrections Thursday released a knockdown of a damning report by POLITICO Florida that said the agency misled the public about plans to eliminate transitional programs for prisoners and probationers. Corrections’ rebuttal was nearly 1,200 words; POLITICO’s story was about 1,500 words. Gov. Rick Scott‘s administration has frequently employed the PR tactic of discrediting such investigative reports, […]

Phil AmmannOctober 19, 2016

In making its case to end third-party nonprofit drug abuse treatment and counseling for soon-to-be-released prisoners, the Florida Department of Corrections relied on false cost analysis and misleading statements. Daniel Ducassi of POLITICO Florida reports on newly released documents showing plans to cut nearly 700 so-called “transition” beds for prisoners in community-based facilities leading up to their […]

Staff ReportsOctober 14, 2016

Private prison operator The GEO Group says it has “no plans” to provide prisoner reentry services in Florida. Spokesman Pablo E. Paez responded Friday to a FloridaPolitics.com report this week on nonprofit groups saying the Department of Corrections was shutting them out of continuing to help inmates and probationers readjust to life “outside the walls.” Bridges of America CEO Lori Costantino-Brown and […]

Jim RosicaOctober 13, 2016

A Florida Department of Corrections spokeswoman Thursday said speculation about private prison operator The GEO Group muscling out nonprofits that run rehab and re-entry programs in the state “is false.” Spokeswoman Michelle Glady responded to a FloridaPolitics.com report earlier in the day. In a press conference, nonprofit heads said the department was shutting down programs that help ex-cons with […]

Jim RosicaOctober 13, 2016

The head of a nonprofit that runs prisoner re-entry programs in the state said she had “no evidence” her group and others were being muscled out by private prison operator The GEO Group. But, Lori Costantino-Brown quickly added, there’s been a “lot of speculation” that the company has somehow been involved. Costantino-Brown, president and CEO of Orlando-based […]

Scott PowersSeptember 27, 2016

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings Tuesday urged state officials to reconsider their decision to close community-based transition centers. Demings, a Democrat seeking re-election this fall, was responding to reports that the Florida Department of Corrections intends to close the Orlando Transition Center and others around that state, eliminating 688 community-based substance abuse treatment beds. “Research indicates […]


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