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4/16/19: Solitary Confinement; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Moveable Feast; 'A Vision for Art'

Solitary Confinement Hall
Henry Hagnäs

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s new report on the practice of solitary confinement, the Florida Department of Corrections holds approximately 10,000 people – more than 10 percent of its population – in solitary confinement on any given day. To put that number in perspective, the nationwide average was 4.5 percent in 2018.

Shalini Goel Agarwal, Senior Supervising Attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center and Phyllis Johnson-Mabery, whose son died by suicide while in solitary confinement in a California prison, joined us for a closer look at the study and how solitary confinement can affect a person.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Flagler County Beach

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hiring to help with the massive cleanup efforts from the damage created by hurricanes across Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Moveable Feast

Sharlay Smith of Lentil House

In our Moveable Feast, Leigh Cort spoke to Sharlay Smith of the Lentil House. She started with a simple idea, producing fried lentil snacks out of her home. In just one year, this food concept has blown up, winning national awards and going national.

A Vision for Art

Robert Mars' "To The Ghosts Who Write History Books"

A Vision for Art is a five day art exhibit.  We were joined by Space 42 co-founder  Michelle Calloway, who curated, A Vision for Art.  Bebe Alexander, who is an art instructor at St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School, also joined us. 

Photo used under Creative Commons license.

Amanda Brannon can be reached at, 904-358-6317.

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