June 30, 2020

Not now, not ever, to Florida prisons’ proposed ‘Administrative Management Unit’ [Daytona Beach News Journal]

This post was last updated on December 8, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

Florida’s Department of Corrections has proposed a rule that would establish an Administrative Management Unit, or AMU, which is a highly-structured type of prison housing for those whose behaviors are considered threatening to the security of the prison. While DOC has claimed that the impetus is to promote public safety and security, they failed to highlight how this proposed rule would significantly reduce one of DOC’s primary functions: rehabilitation. With all the issues the department has been facing as of late — budgetary, health care, lack of educational programs, and serious understaffing — this rule is not a viable solution, and DOC should halt the process altogether.

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