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Florida prisons are changing inmates’ snail mail to a digital format

Florida prisons are in the process of converting incoming snail mail to a digital-only format. The Department of Corrections says the change will reduce the amount of contraband coming into prisons. Denise Rock is executive director of Florida Cares, a nonprofit that advocates for the incarcerated. She told The Florida Channel inmates and their families are speaking out against the change. “People that are incarcerated will describe where they take the physical mail and they run their fingers over the handwriting – you know, you can feel the penmanship of your loved one – or being able to touch the colors of a card that your child has drawn, for example,” Rock said. Inmates will be able to …
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Members of the Leon County School Board preside over a meeting from a long dais. (Craig Moore/WFSU Public Media)
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Republicans move on a plan to make school board elections partisan again

Local school boards have been under fire, most recently, over backlash to efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, many boards were facing criticism on policies regarding LGBTQ students, transgender bathrooms, and the classic textbook battles. Now, an effort to return those school board elections to partisan races is back—with a powerful sponsor.
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