Audit warns that safety at Florida prisons is compromised by staffing concerns


From The Miami Herald: Prisons routinely put inexperienced officers in dangerous posts.

Nearly $1 million is spent on training staff that leaves within two years.

Contributing to unrest is that only 14 percent of inmates are in organized programs.

Florida’s prisons are infiltrated by drugs, tobacco and cellphones, dependent on outdated security systems, run by inexperienced and overstretched staff, and are housing inmates who are staying longer – and returning just as frequently.

In short, the nation’s third largest prison system runs a daily risk of becoming another headline, according to the findings of a comprehensive study conducted by an independent firm hired at the direction of the Florida Legislature.

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