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Intersection: Life After Prison; Broward County Schools Under Pressure; Sharks

The Florida Department of Corrections is facing a 50 million dollar budget gap in its healthcare budget. To make up for that gap, the department is making cuts to programs that tackle substance abuse, mental health treatment and re-entry into life after prison.  Those cuts are being felt across the state, including at the Transition House in Kissimmee.

On this episode of Intersection we take a closer look at what the Transition House does to help inmates getting ready for release from prison, and what those cuts mean for the program. Joining the conversation are the Transition House’s HR director Melissa Lucas, and Sara Wakefield, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University

Broward County Public Schools is under pressure after the Parkland school shooting. Questions are being asked about the school district’s diversion program that works to keep students from getting arrested, and parents of the victims at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School are running for school board, saying they want to bring more transparency. WLRN’s education reporter Jessica Bakeman joins us to explain how the school board is responding to its critics, and how the students are coping as the academic year wraps up.

And as summer approaches, and Floridians head for the beach, Florida Tech marine biologist Toby Daly-Engel joins us to shatter some misconceptions about sharks.


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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

A recent transplant to the Sunshine State, Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of ... Read Full Bio »

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