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08/03/15: Prison Reform; Traveling To Cuba; Cole Pepper

An internal investigation is underway following the deaths of two inmates at Baker Correctional Institution in Sanderson, Florida last week.

They’re just the latest inmate deaths in Florida, which have sparked calls for reform of the state’s correctional system. Florida has the third-largest prison system in the nation, with more than 100,000 inmates and a $2.1 billion budget.

We discuss these calls for reform with Wendy Tatter, local mother of an inmate and advocate for the group Initiative for Compassion, and Dale Carson, criminal justice analyst.


Margie Jordan, owner of Jordan Executive Travel Service in Jacksonville, joins us with tips for traveling to Cuba.

And we look at the week's sports news with contributor Cole Pepper.

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Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011 and was with the company until 2016.