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Grand jury digging into Panhandle private prison deal

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October

As legislative leaders continue the push to privatize 19 South Florida prisons, the state's most ambitious private prison project in Northwest Florida is enmeshed in a grand jury investigation.

The federal inquiry into the Blackwater River Correctional Facility has a broad sweep, touching former House Speaker Ray Sansom, R-Destin, the economic development arm of Santa Rosa County, and incoming Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville.

Since March, the Pensacola-based grand jury has issued more than six subpoenas seeking documents and testimony into the $121 million state contract that cleared the way for the Boca Raton-based Geo Group to build a prison near the Panhandle city of Milton.

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[Last modified: Sunday, October 9, 2011 11:13pm]

    

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