Columnist: Florida Prisons ‘Too Corrupt to Be Trusted’


Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano says it is time for Florida to face hard facts about its prison system. “We do not have a problem with a few rogue guards or a handful of mistreated prisoners,” he writes. “We have a problem with a system that is woefully under-funded and dangerously immune to oversight. We have leaders who do not just look the other way, but are actively working to suppress information and retaliate against whistle-blowers.”

“We have a system in need of overhaul,” he continues. “Because at this point, the system is too corrupted to be trusted. And the governor’s office seems too disinterested to be counted on…Real change may take a full-scale investigation from the U.S. Department of Justice. The feds have already expressed a desire to look into a number of inexplicable deaths, and one can only imagine what type of institutionalized whitewashing they may discover.”

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