The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office cited a slew of contract violations by Armor Correctional Health Services as a reason for canceling its second contract with the company years before it was set to expire.
A key national accrediting agency warned the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office three months ago that its medical care was deficient and placed its jail on probation in April, according to records obtained by The Tributary.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office will cancel its $98 million contract with Armor Correctional Health Care, following The Tributary’s reporting on the beleaguered company, a chief confirmed Tuesday.
Deaths in the Duval County jail have tripled since Armor Correctional Health Services started handling health care – with about four deaths per year from 2012 to 2017 and about 13 deaths per year since 2018.
Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters shook up his senior command staff over the last month, asking for the resignations or demotions of three jail officials after The Tributary’s reporting uncovered unsafe medical conditions in the Duval jail, according to a source familiar with the matter.