All of Florida’s 97,000 state prison inmates are on lockdown — and will remain confined to their dorms at least through the weekend — in response to unspecified threats about possible uprisings, officials from the Florida Department of Corrections confirmed Thursday. The unprecedented step comes one day after the agency announced it had canceled weekend visitation at all of its 50 major institutions, as well as annexes, work camps and re-entry centers. There was no

indication Wednesday that any other restrictions had been instituted; In fact, a spokeswoman said that no other “basic privileges’’ would be affected. However, on Thursday, the Miami Herald learned that that state prisons were on a system-wide lockdown — and that all educational, vocational, rehabilitation, ministry and recreation programs have been scrubbed until further notice. Inmates are confined to their dorms, except at mealtime, FDC officials confirmed. READ MORE