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Florida judge calls prison outsourcing unconstitutional

A state judge on Friday declared unconstitutional the Legislature's decision to privatize 30 prisons in 18 counties, saying the action violated existing state laws.

Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford's decision -- which is likely to be appealed by the state -- brings to a halt, for now, a massive outsourcing venture and is a victory for the Police Benevolent Association, which filed suit to stop the privatization and save thousands of its members' jobs.

Read the developing story here.

Here's a copy of her decision: Download Pba.v.doc.fulford.

-- Steve Bousquet