politics

Prison Privatization
2:24 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

How Florida Prison Reform Could Impact Small Town Jobs

In Monticello, jobs are on the line.
Rick Stone

MONTICELLO, Fl. -- Late in the 1980s, crime was rising, prisons were filling up and Florida needed new places to build prisons. But a grim penitentiary full of criminals was a gift that few counties wanted back then.  

Jefferson County, just east of Tallahassee, was different. Then, as now, under populated and desperately poor, it saw an opportunity and it did something unusual. 

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Prison Privatization
2:15 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Republican Dissenters Kill Prison Privatization

Privatization would have cost thousands of jobs
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State senators decided by two votes last night to kill a massive privatization program designed to reduce state prison costs by seven percent a year.  Nine Republicans joined the Democratic minority to kill the bill, which had divided the Senate and called into question the leadership of Senate President Mike Haridopolos.

The privatization scheme called for turning 28 southern Florida institutions over to private contractors, eliminating thousands of jobs and reducing the state prison budget by an estimated seven percent.

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Students With Disabilities
12:00 am
Wed December 14, 2011

No Choice: Florida Charter Schools Failing To Serve Students With Disabilities

Tres Whitlock, 17, has been trying to enroll in a Hillsborough County charter school, but has yet to enroll because of concerns about the therapy and services he needs.

Tres Whitlock is stuck in a public school where he feels ignored. He wants out.

The 17-year-old would-be video game designer researched his options online and found his perfect match – Pivot Charter School.

“It’s computer-based and I think I will do better,” he says.

But when Whitlock tried to enroll in the school he found a series of barriers in his way.

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Haiti Earthquake
12:52 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

A Journalist Turns His Mic On Haiti's Grievances

One of the aftereffects of the earthquake in Haiti is that local journalists have found new freedom. Many are now airing the kinds of political commentary and criticism that used to invite violence and censure– even death.

The shift comes across loud and clear on Haiti’s airwaves, where most people get their news.

Jennifer Maloney brings us the story of Haitian radio host and reporter Makenson Remy, known to listeners as “Four-by-Four” because of his rugged brand of go-anywhere reporting.

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