The Church of Scientology is bankrolling courses at Florida prisons - 2018-12-18
The group's history in Florida appears to stretch back more than a decade. In 2005, the state Senate appropriated $500,000 for a "Criminon Offender Program," but that was vetoed by then Governor Jeb Bush, according to legislative records.
The group has ramped up its presence in Florida prisons since opening an office in Clearwater, where the Church of Scientology is headquartered. At the same time, Criminon has been issuing more press releases weighing in on the ongoing challenges facing the state prison system.
Glady, the department's communications director, said she was not aware of the group operating on site in prisons other than Everglades Correctional.
After the Miami Herald exposed a concerning culture of sexual abuse and extortion at Lowell Correctional Institution, a women's prison in Ocala, Criminon put out a press release about a seminar held there.