After the drumbeat of allegations about years of widespread corruption, inmate abuse and mismanagement at the Department of Corrections, Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews on Tuesday vowed to "hold any individuals within its Department accountable if they are found of any wrongdoing."
Crews failed to accept blame for any of the allegations in response to a report in today's Miami Herald in which four investigators within the department filed a whistleblower complaint alleging systemic corruption within the department, including inmate brutality and officially sanctioned gang violence.
The four officials filed a federal whistle-blower complaint on Monday alleging that state prisoners were beaten and tortured, that guards smuggled in drugs and other contraband in exchange for money and sexual favors, and that guards used gang enforcers to control the prison population. They claim those actions were either tacitly approved or covered up. The officers also accuse Inspector General Jeffrey Beasley of interfering with investigations. Here's the transcript of their recorded interview at DOC detailing their allegations: Download 2014.03.04 CIG INTERVIEW - LAND - CONDENSED (1)
Here's the DOC press release today:
Secretary Crews said: “DOC takes these matters seriously and will continue to fully assist the FBI and DOJ during the course of their investigations. If laws were broken by DOC officers or staff, those persons will be swiftly prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Safe and ethically run prisons are central to keeping our crime rate at a historic low.”