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FL governor halted in unconstitutional prison privatization bid

Judge rules against privatization plan for the second time.

TALLAHASSEE, FL, November 5, 2011: Dara Kam reports in the Palm Beach Post that Governor Rick Scott has been ordered to stop taking bids on his prison privatization plan, which the same judge previously ruled is unconstitutional. Worried for their jobs, correctional officers called for an emergency hearing when they discovered corrections officials were taking bids.

"A Leon County circuit judge has stopped short Gov. Rick Scott's attempt to bypass her previous order halting bids on a prison privatization plan she earlier ruled was unconstitutional.

For the second time, Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford handed a victory to the Florida Police Benevolent Association, the union representing the state's correctional and probation officers that filed the lawsuit, ordering Department of Corrections officials to 'cease and desist' taking bids on the prison overhaul.

'State correctional officers can breathe a sigh of relief,' said Jim Baiardi, president of the union for correctional officersÂ…"

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Posted: November 08, 2011

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