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Prison Visits & Issues

Florida’s Cancelled Prison Visits May Finally Be Explained

For one weekend in August, the Florida Department of Corrections surprisingly canceled visits for inmates of all major prisons from friends and family members. They said that it was due to a planned march in Washington D.C. for inmates’ rights.

Authorities also said that some prisoners might have been prompted to create problems.

Why Did Florida DOC Cancel All Prison Visits Last August?

Florida Department of Corrections FINALLY gave reasons why all prison visits across the state were cancelled last August.
Florida Department of Corrections FINALLY gave reasons why all prison visits across the state were cancelled last August.

The Orlando Sentinel obtained records that show activist groups beyond the walls of the prison were sending inmates newsletters that encouraged nonviolent protests.

These newsletters also mentioned disturbances in four of Florida’s prisons on the 45th anniversary of the Attica Prison uprising in New York in September of 2016.

One newsletter said:

“Florida was one of the first and most active states in the September [2016] strikes, but the repercussions felt by those inside remains a mystery to most on the outside.”

The goal, according to the newsletter was to end mass incarceration in the United States, and that those who were courageous enough to act should be known and supported. The newsletter then went on to tell inmates that they were not alone.

Florida Prison Authorities Cite Reasons for Statewide Visit Cancellations

Day with Dad: Family visits inmate (trustee) in medium security outdoor execise yard durning twice weeking visitation in the Putnam County Jail in Florida
Day with Dad: Family visits inmate (trustee) in medium security outdoor exercise yard during prison visitation in the Putnam County Jail in Florida. Image Source: Joel Gordon Photography/Instagram

Florida has 148 correctional facilities and holds about 98,000 inmates. When visits were canceled on the weekend of August 19, 2017, 55 prisons across the state were disciplined for infractions like:

  • Contraband possessions
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • Weapons possessions
  • Possession of unauthorized cell phones
  • Possession of cash

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It has also been reported that inmates were making threats and disobeying orders.

According to a spokeswoman for the department, officers did “extensive searches of inmates and inmate cells,” over the course of that weekend.

She said that it is the department’s duty to protect the staff, inmates and public from violence and that it will do what it needs to in order to uphold that duty.

The spokeswoman also said that there were “credible threats,” that caused the department to cancel visitation statewide over the weekend in August.

Melissa has been a freelance writer for 10 years. In that time, she has covered a plethora of topics. Her focus, though, tends to remain on addiction, natural health, health and nutrition, fitness, the paranormal, finances and more. In addition to her personal blogs, she is also a published author and editor of a rehab placement website.

Melissa Knight

Melissa has been a freelance writer for 10 years. In that time, she has covered a plethora of topics. Her focus, though, tends to remain on addiction, natural health, health and nutrition, fitness, the paranormal, finances and more. In addition to her personal blogs, she is also a published author and editor of a rehab placement website.