MIAMI
11/19/2012 08:02 am ET Updated Jan 19, 2013

TALLAHASSEE: Fallout From Privatizing Prison Healthcare: Layoffs

TALLAHASSEE -- Nearly 2,000 state workers are being displaced from Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration because of the nation's biggest outsourcing of prison health care.

"Due to the outsourcing of this function, your position will be deleted," reads a dryly worded dismissal notice from the Department of Corrections, sent to 1,890 state employees in the past two weeks.

The Department of Corrections signed a $230 million contract with Corizon Healthcare of Nashville to provide all health care in central and north Florida prisons and is negotiating contract terms with Wexford Health Sources of Pittsburgh to take over health care in nine South Florida prisons for $48 million a year.

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