Prison

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Gavel Club Helps Inmates Sharpen Speaking Skills

Steady applause from men dressed in blue-grey prison uniforms preceded Steven Petrarca as he stood planted behind the chapel lectern at Wakulla Correctional Institution.

01/14/2013

One of President Obama's nominees is Florida state judge Darrin Gayles, who would be the first openly gay black man to serve on the federal bench if confirmed by the Senate.  (credit: Thinkstock)

Florida Judge Skeptical Of Prison Privatization

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge is raising questions about whether it was legal for the state to move ahead with a plan to privatize nearly 3,000 jobs in the state’s prisons. Circuit Judge […]

CBS Tampa–11/19/2012

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Florida Woman Gets Life In Prison After Killing Ex-Lover’s New Girlfriend

A Florida woman will spend life in prison for killing her ex-lover’s new girlfriend in northern Pennsylvania two years ago.

09/10/2012

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Inmates Moved When Fire Breaks Out At Tampa Jail

About 160 inmates were evacuated when an electrical fire broke out at a Tampa jail.

07/16/2012

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Man Gets 25 Years For DUI Crash That Killed Wife

A Tampa Bay area man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for a drunken driving crash that left his wife dead.

CBS Tampa–07/14/2012

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35-State Study: Florida Led In Increasing Prison Time

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida led 35 states in a study issued Wednesday with a whopping 166 percent increase in the estimated average time that released prisoners spent behind bars over a 19-year span. The […]

06/06/2012

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Female Inmate Loses Front Teeth While Biting Deputy

A female inmate tried to fight a deputy by biting him, only to lose her front teeth in the process.

04/09/2012

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Union Calls for Hearings on State Prison Closings

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The head of the union representing Florida’s corrections officers is calling on state lawmakers to hold community hearings on Gov. Rick Scott’s plan to close seven prisons and four work camps.

CBS Tampa–01/14/2012

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Federal Court Blocks Florida Inmates From Having Pen-Pal Ads

A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected a complaint from pen-pal services that challenged a Florida policy banning inmates from advertising themselves on the online sites.

12/23/2011

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Military impostor gets 3 years in prison

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A government contractor has been sentenced to three years in prison for lying to obtain housing on a Tampa Air Force base, illegally wearing a military uniform and keeping guns at his residence.

CBS Tampa–12/02/2011

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