Small towns in Florida may lose out if jails are privatized - Fox29 WFLX TV, West Palm Beach, FL-news & weather

Small towns in Florida may lose out if jails are privatized

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A provision in the Florida Senate's proposed state budget is sending an economic shiver through many small towns where state prisons are the biggest employers. Corrections Secretary Walt McNeil says the proposal to close two prisons and privatize a third could lead to early releases of some inmates, though he acknowledged that's not what lawmakers intend.

McNeil, local government officials, correctional officers and business people from several communities were converging Tuesday on the Florida Panhandle town of Sneads to protest the plan. They congregated at a grocery store that is about three miles from Apalachee Correctional Institution, one of the prisons that may be facing closure.

 

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