Experience the soaring temperatures of Florida’s prisons firsthand in Tallahassee on Thursday, March 5

Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273

Experience the soaring temperatures of Florida’s prisons firsthand on Thursday, March 5
FAMM and Florida Cares to host an interactive exhibit featuring mock prison cell as part of Beat the Heat event

TALLAHASSEE – Nearly 86,000 prisoners in Florida go without relief from the scorching summer temperatures. FAMM and Florida Cares are bringing their “Beat the Heat” awareness event to Tallahassee, where the public will be challenged to spend three minutes in an interactive exhibit featuring a mock prison cell. The event will be held Thursday, March 5 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Florida State Capitol Courtyard in Tallahassee.

Beat the Heat
Thursday, March 5, 2020
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Capitol Courtyard (Senate side)
400 S. Monroe Street, Tallahassee

In many Florida counties, including Miami-Dade, Volusia and Pinellas, laws require dog kennels to provide air conditioning and air ventilation to keep animals safe during sweltering temperatures. There are no similar laws protecting prisoners.

The event will feature remarks from formerly incarcerated individuals and families of those affected by these brutal conditions.

For nearly three decades, FAMM has united the voices of affected families, the formerly incarcerated, and a range of stakeholders and advocates to fight for a more fair and effective justice system. FAMM’s focus on ending a one-size-fits-all punishment structure has led to reforms to sentencing and prison policies in 6 states and is paving the way to programs that support rehabilitation for the 94% of all prisoners who will return to our neighborhoods one day.


FAMM is a national nonpartisan advocacy organization that promotes fair and effective criminal justice policies that safeguard taxpayer dollars and keep our communities safe. Founded in 1991, FAMM is helping transform America’s criminal justice system by uniting the voices of impacted families and individuals and elevating the issues all across the country.