Harvard Finds Florida Among Most Politically Corrupt States In U.S.

Harvard Law School’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics is out with a fascinating new report measuring legal and illegal corruption in American states, and Florida does not fare particularly well.

The deep dive is here, but here’s the short take:

Illegal corruption is “moderately common” in Florida’s executive branch. Illegal corruption is […]

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State Settles With Family Involving Bell Tragedy

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —  The Florida Department of Children and Families has reached a settlement agreement with the families involved in the Bell Tragedy.

 DCF and two other private companies – who provide child welfare services – will dish out a total of $750,000 to the families involved in the 2014 shooting.

 “For […]

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Violent Sexual Predators Held Indefinitely – For A Profit

Posted: Jun 09, 2015 8:46 PM EST Updated: Jun 09, 2015 8:46 PM EST Andrea Praegitzer, NBC-2 6/9/15 — ARCADIA, FLa. — There’s only one place in the entire country where violent sexual predators are committed indefinitely that is run by a for-profit company.

It’s in Arcadia, Florida – on the outskirts of town, […]

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DCF Faulted For Oversight Of Privatized Agencies

TALLAHASSEE — Two reports presented to lawmakers recently criticized the Florida Department of Children and Families for poor oversight of the privatized agencies that deliver child-welfare, substance-abuse and mental-health services statewide.

The reports arrived as the Legislature is considering further changes to all those services.

The Florida Office of the Auditor General […]

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2 State Agencies on Hotseat

By Health News Florida Staff

The state departments that are supposed to protect children and mentally-retarded inmates are being challenged in the wake of incidents that led to preventable deaths.

State Sen. Eleanor Sobel

First, State Sen. Eleanor Sobel accused the Department of Children and Families (DCF) of a “cover-up and a whitewash” […]

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Scott Outraged By VA Scandal, But Unfazed By DCF Cover-Up

Peter Schorsch: is a political consultant and new media publisher based in St. Petersburg. Column courtesy of Context Florida.

 

Gov. Rick Scott deserves some credit for being one of the loudest critics of the Obama administration’s handling of the scandal at the Veterans Administration.

Last week, Scott announced that Florida […]

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Foster Care: Safety net often fails to protect children from dangers of foster care

The primary goal of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), the safety net that protects young children from abuse, neglect, and abandonment, is straightforward: “Safely stabilizing and preserving families; safely reunifying families; and safely creating new families.”  Most would agree that this is a worthwhile objective, but I, and many others who are […]

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The profound Urgency Of DCF Reform

Carl Hiaasen: By Carl Hiaasen chiaasen@MiamiHerald.com

With much chest-thumping, Gov. Rick Scott last week signed a law clipping auto-tag fees by about $25 per vehicle in Florida. He used the opportunity to blast former Gov. Charlie Crist for raising those fees five years ago.

What Scott cynically failed to mention during the bill-signing charade […]

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Florida: 3-Way Sex Cop busted

http://drrichswier.com/2014/03/30/florida-3-way-sex-cop-busted/ Mayor Jim Blucher, North Port City Commission Seat # 4

The message of North Port Chief of Police Kevin Vespia states, “Our citizens expect and deserve that their police officers will act with honor and integrity at all times.” Well it seems they are not, not by any stretch of the imagination. The City […]

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DCF Investigators Stymied By Their Own Lawyers

By AUDRA D.S. BURCH and CAROL MARBIN MILLER

Miami Herald March 16, 2014

Cindy Bizier in the house where her grandson Aidan died in a fire on March 13, 2009.

Cindy Bizier fretted incessantly about her grandson’s care, worried the boy would chase his yellow dump truck into the street or burn himself […]

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