Tag: Julie Jones
Despite COVID-19 concerns, 'Jungle Cruise' makes movie magic (and money). Image via AP.

A.G. GancarskiDecember 27, 2018
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The Governor-elect Ron DeSantis‘ transition-based public safety panel convened Thursday with juvenile crime and incarceration the topic du jour. The 45-person panel is stacked with law enforcement professionals, as well as civilians impacted by the Parkland tragedy.  The first major topic: juvenile crime. Unsurprisingly, the conclusion was the kids aren’t alright (building on contentions made […]

Guest AuthorMay 18, 2018
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The Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) is dismantling successful substance abuse and re-entry treatment programs to fix a $28 million shortfall. The shortsighted action will adversely affect communities, offenders and businesses: an action that is totally unacceptable. DOC Secretary Julie Jones recently announced that 33 community and in-prison substance abuse treatment and housing providers will […]


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Blaming the Legislature for not fully funding the state prison system, Florida corrections officials are slashing substance-abuse services, transitional housing and re-entry programs – services and programs launched to keep inmates from returning to life behind bars – in an attempt to fill a $28 million budget hole. The Department of Corrections announced the cost-cutting […]

A.G. GancarskiOctober 25, 2017

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Florida Department of Corrections’s troubled security operations were big talkers Wednesday in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice. DOC Secretary Julie L. Jones addressed staffing patterns, contraband reduction efforts and use-of-force incidents. Major issues faced by the DOC are familiar to longtime observers, including continued staff attrition, overcrowding, increases in contraband, and a secretary confronting […]

Peter SchorschJuly 13, 2017
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It was a moment Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones remembered clearly — even though she got it completely wrong. Talking with the Miami Herald in 2017, Jones recounted a visit to Graceville Correctional Facility two years earlier; Graceville is a North Florida correctional facility operated by Geo Group, a Boca Raton-based private company […]

Les NeuhausMarch 16, 2017
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More than three-quarters of Florida’s corrections officers have less than two years’ experience. In some state prisons, a single CO will be left alone to supervise 150-200 inmates in a jail block. Contraband has become so bad, one random search of (just half) a Dade facility turned up $15,000 in street value of cocaine, seven knives, […]


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