After 176 unexplained deaths, Florida is cutting ties with its private prison healthcare provider

Last year, 346 inmates died in Florida prisons, the highest number on record, even though the overall number of inmates in Florida has been declining—176 of them were listed with no immediate cause of death, according to the Miami Herald.

These figures help explain why Tennessee-based prison healthcare provider Corizon Health is terminating its contract with the state of Florida almost three years early.

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“We get letters from prisoners about medical care not being provided, and the list is endless. And it’s increased tremendously since Corizon took over,” Randall Berg, executive director of the Florida Justice Institute, which represents inmates petitioning for care.

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