Florida Department of Corrections

A different kind of graduation

A different kind of graduation

Ronald Kirkland was 15 years old when he was first sent to prison. He’d broken the law and eventually ended up in Santa Rosa Correctional Institution to serve his time. Kirkland would miss high school graduation and become an adult behind bars. Now a father, Kirkland, 27, is approaching his release date. According to Florida […]

Florida prisoners hold little hope for parole

Florida prisoners hold little hope for parole

Parole in Florida is nearly extinct. Of the approximately 100,000 inmates incarcerated in Florida, only 4,545 are eligible for parole. And even fewer are approved. That is because the state has almost abolished parole across the board. Parole is the release of a prisoner before the completion of a sentence with conditions that a person […]

Florida’s death penalty is back

Florida’s death penalty is back

“Mr. Asay, do you have any final words?” the man in the suit asked. He had a small microphone leading from his ear down into the collar of his shirt and a Florida Department of Corrections pin shimmered on his lapel. The man strapped down on the pale blue gurney replied promptly. “No sir, I […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 22

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 22

FLORIDA DEPUTIES SHOOT, INJURE WOMAN WHO POINTED GUN AT THEM Hernando County Sheriff’s officials said in a news release the shooting happened Sunday afternoon in Brooksville. They say the woman was reported to be suicidal and was armed with a shotgun and had access to other weapons inside the home. The woman walked out of […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 21

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 21

VIDEO: FLORIDA MAN SHOOTS 2 AT&T TRUCKS IN DRIVEWAY Cellphone video shows 64-year-old Jorge Jove calmly walking around the first truck and shooting at all four tires on Wednesday. Jove then walked to the second truck and opened fire. He reloaded the gun several times. The Miami Herald reports AT&T technician Derrick Taylor could be […]

Victim drops charges against Seevers

Victim drops charges against Seevers

Kimberly Ann Seevers, age 46, of Jay will not face charges for Unlawful Sexual Activity, according to State Attorney Bill Eddins. He announced Tuesday, April 4, that charges have been dismissed by the State. Seevers was charged on April 12, 2016 for the pending case.  The case was scheduled for judge trial before Circuit Judge […]

Free book program opens doors for inmates

Free book program opens doors for inmates

Entering into Open Books second-hand bookstore is a risk Wednesday nights, when volunteers swarm for the weekly book packing. The converted single family home on 1040 N Guillemard St. houses more than just second-hand Shakespeare at a discounted price. It offers a chance for personal growth for Florida inmates by providing them with free books […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 6

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 6

ORLANDO OFFICE SHOOTER DIES IN FLORIDA PRISON A spokesman with the Florida Department of Corrections says Jason Rodriguez died Tuesday morning while at the Columbia Correctional Institution-Annex. DOC spokesman Alberto Moscoso says a medical examiner will determine the cause of death. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement also is investigating. 3 FUGITIVES WANTED IN SOUTH […]