NEWS & DEVELOPMENTS
Summer 2011 - Lynnette Pautauros, RN has been promoted to the position of Health Service Administrator for the Palm Beach facilities. Ms. Pautauros has worked in the Main Jail site for the past 2 years.
Edith Wright, Director of Nursing, will join the Clinical Operations Team as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Charlene Gandy, Director of Nursing, will join as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the near future. We extend a special thank you to the Broward and Santa Rosa leadership teams in supporting the promotion of these two outstanding employees.
Spring 2011 - Chris Bourque and Lewis Hays were promoted to Regional Manager positions for client sites. Ricky Cabrera was promoted to Financial Analyst. Carol Shepard was promoted to Regional VP and Vicky Brackin was made a Regional Manager. Congratulations to all these excellent employees.
Jail no place for mentally ill
By Maria A. Brooks - Miami Herald (Jan. 9, 2013)
In a society where individual differences are accepted more than ever, the stigma of mental illness still weighs heavy on our nation. The cost of treating mental illness is a staggering $100 billion each year, yet resources are limited for comprehensive mental health treatment. A significant percentage of severely mentally ill... -
Miami (Nov. 13, 2012)
Armor has recently been awarded the contract to operate the Niagara County Correctional Facility in Lockport, NY, tentatively scheduled to begin in December 2012. Karen Davies will be the Regional VP overseeing the provision of medical, dental, pharmaceutical and behavioral health services at this facility. We are pleased to welcome the employees from this facility to the Armor family and look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship with the County of Niagara and the Sheriff's Office.
Miami (Aug. 29, 2012)
Armor was recently awarded two new contracts in Florida: the Wakulla County Detention Facility and the Manatee County Jail. The Wakulla facility has an ADP of approximately 235 inmates and our contract started in March of 2012. The Manatee County Jail has an ADP of approximately 1050 inmates and is scheduled to start October 2012.
In Virginia, we have been awarded the Meherrin River Regional Jail, a new 672 bed adult detention facility. Contract startup began on July 1st, 2012 and in March we added our 9th DOC facility when we assumed management of the St. Brides Correctional Center.
Armor implements positive trend in Broward County Jail with detox program
Westside Gazette (Aug. 16, 2012)
Broward County, a South Florida community considered ground zero for illegal prescription drug distribution, experienced a dramatic increase in individuals requiring detox upon incarceration in their jail system. In 2010, pain clinics in Broward outnumbered well-known franchises within the county including 71..... -
Misperception of mental illness
By Dr. Dana Tatum - Sun Sentinel (Aug. 9, 2012)
In the wake of the recent mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin, there is a lesson to be learned. We in desperate need of better mental health services in the United States.
Arguments for stricter gun laws again have surfaced in the face of violence in Hollywood movies, but maybe better treatment in the mental health system could.... -
Miami (Oct. 28, 2011)
Armor was recently awarded five new contracts to expand service to the Virginia Department of Corrections (an additional 7,800 covered lives). The new sites are:
- Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women
- Greensville (Includes Work Center)
- Powhatan Correctional Center
- Sussex I State Prison
- Sussex II State Prison
Leaders unveil veterans' program
By Melissa Nelson - Associated Press (Miami Herald, Nov. 10, 2011)
Florida prison leaders showcased a new program this week created to help incarcerated veterans re-enter society. The program houses veterans together and requires inmates to keep their clothing and jail cells on par with military standards. With more Iraq and Afghanistan veterans expected to pass through state prisons in the coming years, officials say a regimented program can help soldiers like former Army medic John Larsen, who is serving time for sexual battery and kidnapping after he returned home.... -
Justices, 5-4, Tell California to Cut Prisoner Population
By Adam Liptak - New York Times (Mon, May 23, 2011)
Conditions in California's overcrowded prisons are so bad that they violate the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday, ordering the state to reduce its prison population by more than 30,000 .... -
Private company takes over troubled county in-jail services
By Jessica Ablamsky - The Island Now (Thu, May 19, 2011)
In 1999, 38-year-old Thomas Pizzuto was beaten to death by two guards at the Nassau County jail because he would not stop begging for methadone. The heroin addict was serving a 90-day sentence for driving while impaired, according to media reports at the time. Pizzuto's death came only days after he entered the facility, kick-starting an investigation and civil rights lawsuit by the U.S. Dept. of Justice that put the spotlight on the quality of inmate health care in the county.... -
Jackson Health System cuts 189 positions
By John Dorschne - The Miami Herald (Thu, May 19, 2011)
In his first major step toward cost-cutting, Carlos Migoya, Jackson Health System's chief executive for three weeks, said Thursday he is eliminating 189 positions for an annual savings of $13.3 million.
Most of those positions are vacant. Forty-nine employees will be affected, Migoya said, but some of those will be able to move to other vacancies within the system, which has lost $337 million the past two years.... -