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Prison privatization opponents take fight to Miami's Spanish-language radio airwaves

The controversial push by the Florida Legislature to privatize two dozen South Florida prisons has made it to the influential Spanish-language radio airwaves, where political interests often turn to in order to sway public opinion among reliable, Republican Hispanic voters. (See video of opponents in Tallahassee, including the Teamsters union, here.)

Below is our translation of a radio spot that says it was paid for by a group called Fight for Florida, though no political committee with that name appears (as of yet) registered with the Florida Division of Elections:

Some legislators in Tallahassee again want to give our jails to enormous private companies that would leave more than 1,000 families in our community without jobs. They want to snatch the prisons from officers of the law so their friends can profit. Call your legislator and tell them their function is to protect our families and not benefit created interests. Say no to the privatization of our jails. Political advertisement paid for by Fight for Florida, Inc., 135 South Monroe St., Tallahassee, 32301.


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I hope our Miami legislators do not vote for this privatization measure. It will hurt our communities. Private prisons cheat the state every penny they can, and its the taxpayer that ends up paying more and not even knowing it.

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