Editorial: Lethal indifference to Florida prisoners dying of COVID-19
Florida used to confine its road-gang prisoners in old wooden barracks that it intended to replace sooner or later. On July 16, 1967, that became too late for 38 men who died when flames swiftly devoured one of those firetraps in a remote corner of the Panhandle. Only 13 inmates were saved.No one in authority had wanted that, but indifference can be just as deadly as intent.That long-ago tragedy comes to mind with the recent news that COVID-19 has killed 154 Florida prison inmates. That’s second, but not by much, to the 161 deaths in Texas.Texas, however, has about twice as many prisoners, giv...