Bart Everson

Recent investigative reporting by the Miami Herald into abuse, torture and death of inmates in Florida prisons has raised public concern regarding the treatment of inmates and cultures within correctional institutions in the state. Those cases include the death of Dade Correctional Institution inmate Darren Rainey who was confined to a scalding hot shower until he collapsed and died along with the death of Franklin Correctional Facility inmate Randall Jordan-Aparo who died after being placed in solitary confinement and gassed several times by guards while requesting medical treatment for a worsening health condition.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has begun investigating, four Florida Department of Corrections investigators have filed a whistleblower complaint, and one warden so far has been fired. We’ll explore conditions within Florida’s prison system and what improvements can be made going forward. We’ll also highlight the death of Immokalee resident Justin Campos in a Florida prison, and his family’s continued struggle to get information about his death.

How should Florida address the deaths of inmates in our prison system?

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The American Civil Liberties Union wants to know how local police departments are using a cell phone tracking technology called “stingrays.” This massive public records project has yielded some insight – but also some stonewalling.

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A year ago today an FBI agent shot and killed a Chechen man in Orlando during an interrogation about one of the Boston marathon bombing suspects. His mother-in-law will be in Orlando to focus attention on those who believe his death was unjustified.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida says an FBI agent who killed a suspect in Orlando has a history of brutality allegations.

A year ago, the agent shot and killed Ibragim Todashev during questioning related to the Boston Marathon bombing. Separate investigations cleared the agent of wrongdoing.

The Washington Post and Boston Globe are reporting that the FBI agent involved in the fatal shooting of a chechan man in Orlando has been cleared of any wrongdoing. But State Attorney Jeff Ashton’s office says those reports are premature. In a statement, State Attorney Jeff Ashton’s office called the release of the information “inaccurate and unfair” to the family of 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev and the officers involved in the incident.  Todashev was fatally shot during an interrogation with FBI agents regarding his friendship with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.