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Judge won't block closure of Hillsborough prison

Unless the Legislature moves to save it, Hillsborough Correctional Institution could close as soon as March 30.

Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis refused to issue a temporary injunction blocking the Riverview prison's closure, saying the inmate plaintiffs in a pending lawsuit had not proven the Deparment of Correction's plan to close the facility violated state law.

Under the proposal, Hillsborough Correctional inmates will be transferred to dormitories currently under construction at Lowell Correctional Institution in Marion County complex. The successful faith- and character-based program will also transfer with them.

Lewis ruled on the case Friday afternoon after listening to roughly three hours of testimony over two days.

Though he refused to halt Hillsborough Correctional's closing, the lasuit itself is still pending. Plaintiff's attorney Dean LeBoeuf said supporters will continue to monitor the transition plan to ensure that the state keeps its promise to provide similar programming and better living conditions for former Hillsborough Correctional inmates.

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whasup

Maybe if they had privatized all those prisons, they could have saved enough money from that to keep this little, old prison open.

NIKO TOSCONI

AS USUAL!!!...ITS THE HAVE'S...HAVE IT!!!.. AND THE HAVE NOT'S DON'T!!!...THESE RICH LEGISLATURE'S KEEP ALL THE FUNDS FOR THEIR FAT ASS PORK PROJECTS(i.e.-mr. speakers poly tech in lakeland in for $60 million)AND THERE'S NO FUNDS FOR THIS MOST HIGHLY SUCESSFUL ONE OF A KIND PRISON THAT WORKS!!!..THINGS WILL NEVER CHANGE FOR THE LITTLE MAN!!!.....UNLESS WE ALL VOTE TOGETHER AND PUT THESE SELFISH GREEDY OUT TO PASTURE!!!!! AND FINALLY GET IT BACK TO "FOR THE PEOPLE"...NOT FOR THE GREEDY FEW!!! AND THE ULTRA RICH!!!!!....SO GET OUT AND VOTE PEOPLE!!!!!....TAKE BACK OUR SYSTEM ANHD PUT IT TO WORK FOR US!!!...THE EVERY DAY JOE!!!!

J MONIQUE BAKER

ITS A SHAME THAT THE LIVES OF PEOPLE MEANS NOTHING COMPARED TO THE POCKETS OF SELFISH POLITITIANS!!! ONLY IN ANERICA. BUT WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM A COUNTRY THAT INCARERATES PEOPLE AT A HIGHER RATE THAN THEY DID IN SOUTH AFRICA AT THE HEIGHT OF APARTEID

Adams

Rick Scott didn't get what he wanted...Ronda Storms to vote "yes", on privatization. So, he's gonna shut down Hillsborough to teach them a lesson. He said, "VOTE YES FOR PRIVATIZATION AND WE WILL KEEP HILLSBOROUGH OPEN". STORMS WENT WITH THE RIGHT THING TO DO AND VOTED, NO. Rick Scott when you go to your maker and you are damned to hell remember one thing...you can't take your stolen money with you.

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