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Florida Legislature’s leaders leave plenty of work for their successors

Amid rising homelessness attributed to a lack of affordable housing, they required counties to remove homeless people sleeping in public spaces, such as sidewalks and ...
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Florida property insurance crisis lingers as legislative session closes

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — State lawmakers are expected to finalize the state’s budget of more than $117 billion on the final day of this year’s ...
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Florida’s state prisons will need billions of dollars over next 20 years, according to new master plan

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A new report on the future of the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC), the third-largest state prison system in the country, ...
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“There’s no real long term plan:” former Sen. Jeff Brandes sounds alarm on Florida’s prison system

Florida’s prison system faces a crisis of aging facilities, staffing shortages, and a growing inmate population that could overwhelm existing infrastructure within two decades, a ...
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Here’s what lawmakers are doing about Florida’s prison crisis

Florida lawmakers are poised to allocate millions of dollars for state prison maintenance that’s been put off for decades, but it’s just a fraction of ...
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Audit: ‘Urgent need’ to improve state prison system – will FL state budget reflect that?

But former Sen. Brandes, who championed criminal justice and prison reform during his tenure in the Legislature, says that lawmakers need to understand that having ...
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