Florida prisons no longer under lockdown

Published: Aug. 17, 2017 at 7:30 AM EDT
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By: Associated Press

August 21, 2017

TALLAHASEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's 148 prison facilities have returned to normal operations after a statewide partial lockdown and cancellation of visitation.

The Florida Department of Corrections announced Monday the restrictions at all of the state's institutions have been lifted. Last week the FDC announced the lockdown and that visitation was cancelled at all institutions Saturday and Sunday after officials received an unspecified threat of violence.

The lockdown at the facilities began Wednesday and continued through the weekend. During the lockdown, guards searched cells, seizing a number of weapons and other contraband in the process.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News | Associated Press

August 17, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Department of Corrections cited a security threat in canceling visitation at most of its 148 facilities statewide for August 19 and 20.

In a statement released Wednesday, FDC said the cancellation is in response to "credible intelligence indicating that small groups of inmates at several institutions may attempt to disrupt operations and impact safety and security."

The cancellation includes almost all major institutions, work camps and annex facilities. It does not apply to work release centers.

FDC says it looks forward to resuming normal visitation as soon as possible.

The Orlando Sentinel reports prison officials have canceled visitation at the Jackson Correctional Institution for the last two weekends.

We reached out to the Department of Corrections regarding the situation at Jackson C.I. They said in a statement, "The safety of our staff and inmates is FDC’s top priority. Anytime there is a concern for safety, the Department takes appropriate measures to address it. In an abundance of caution, the Office of Institutions and Security placed Jackson C.I. on lockdown on August 1 and August 10."