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On August 12, 213, HEARD submitted a comment opposing the Florida Department of Corrections’ (“FDOC”) proposed Rule 33-602.208, that, if adopted, would ban prisoners and their advocates from maintaining an “internet presence on any website.”  HEARD stated, in part:

“Not only is this proposed rule unconstitutionally broad, it also sets a very dangerous precedent that encourages retaliation against prisoners, advocates and organizations who use the Internet to inform the public about abuse of prisoners in the FDOC.  In June 2013, after receiving consistent detailed reports about abuse of and retaliation against prisoners from family members, advocates, and HEARD, the Department of Justice opened a formal investigation into the Florida Department of Corrections.”

Read the full comment here.