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Scott OKs deal with TV show to film at Florida prison

August 25, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

TALLAHASSEE (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott has approved a contract with a cable television reality program to film at a state prison in the Florida Panhandle.

A Department of Corrections spokeswoman Thursday announced that Scott's office has OKed the deal with MSNBC's "Lockup."

Scott put the project on hold last week because then-Corrections Secretary Edwin Buss hadn't submitted the $100,000 contract to the governor's office for vetting.

Buss resigned Wednesday at the governor's request.

The "Lockup" deal, though, wasn't the only breach between the governor and Buss, who was Indiana's prison chief before being lured to Florida by the Scott administration.

They also differed over prison privatization efforts.

The Lockup crew already had been filming for more than a week at Santa Rosa Correctional Institution near Milton when Scott pulled the plug.



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