October 14, 2021

Time to confront Florida prison problems

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.

Tachana Joseph-Marc writes:

"Lawmakers have yet to confront the root cause of problems at the Florida Department of Corrections over the years, which has led to a severe staff shortage, budget cuts to educational and reentry programs, crumbling infrastructure, mounting violence inside the institutions and class-action lawsuits over lack of proper medical care.

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Tachana Joseph-Marc is an analyst at Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added]."

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