3,000 People in Florida Prisons Evacuated During Hurricane Michael
Date:  10-16-2018

Damage from hurricane caused four prisons to be evacuated
From Miami Herald:

In the face of calls early last week to evacuate Panhandle prisons sitting in the path of Hurricane Michael, the Florida Department of Corrections insisted it was well prepared to weather the storm. On Sunday, following several days of concern and confusion, the agency confirmed that damage caused by the hurricane forced the shuttering of four facilities and evacuations of nearly 3,000 inmates.

The department’s update on Sunday marked the first detailed and official account of Michael’s toll on some Panhandle facilities. Questions remain about others.

Some 2,600 inmates were evacuated from Gulf Correctional Institution and Annex in Wewahitchka. An additional 305 inmates were evacuated from parts of Calhoun Correctional Institution in Blountstown. The department said the facilities “sustained significant damage to roofs and security infrastructure” but reiterated that “staff and inmates were not injured during the storm” and “all inmates ... had access to food and drinking water through the duration of the storm.” Continue reading >>>