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Florida prisons may get more oversight after scandals

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Some legislators say they can no longer trust oversight of Florida’s troubled prison system to Gov. Rick Scott.

The Florida Senate is poised to pass a bill (SB 7020) that would create an independent commission to keep tabs on the Department of Corrections.

The legislation would also take away the governor’s right to choose a department secretary. Instead, the head of the department would report to the governor and the three elected members of the Cabinet.

Sen. Rob Bradley, a Fleming Island Republican, said the commission is needed because a “trust gap” exists between the Legislature and the governor when it comes to the state’s prisons. The prison system has come under fire for suspicious inmate deaths and poor conditions.

House Republicans have questioned the need for a new commission.

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