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In wake of accusations of widespread corruption at DOC, Crews promises accountability

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:

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary Michael Crews made the following statement as DOC vows to hold any individuals within its Department accountable if they are found of any wrongdoing. 

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.”

 

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ed jenkins

As the citizens have stated, they believe that these monsters should suffer for the horrible crimes they have committed against the innocent and if some in prison end up injured or lose their life there that is something that the citizens are fine with since it adds to the deterrent.

MarvinM

Ed, you know full well too many non-monsters (people who were caught with pot, for example) are in the criminal justice system. Who are you, or I, to decide what type of brutality and torture anyone 'deserves'? Especially not knowing any facts about the people who actually endured this treatment.

For Christ's sake, have some sense of human decency.

If you continue to believe as you do, I can only hope you are never at the receiving end of what you think is perfectly acceptable to dole out. I rather expect you'd be the first one filing a lawsuit against the state if what happened to these people ever happened to you.

ROBERT STROUD

VERY, VERY FEW ARE THERE FOR POSSESSING SMALL AMOUNTS OF POT AS THEIR ONLY CHARGE. IF THE POT GOT THEM THERE IT IS BECAUSE IT WAS THE LAST IN A LONG STREAM OF OTHER CHARGES.

ex-FDOC

MarvinM -- Well said. Commenters too often show themselves to be uncivilized brutes when it comes to issues dealing with abuse of the incarcerated. It's an ugly side of humanity. Too many Florida correctional officers (I could list names but won't) need to be fired or arrested for how they treat their charges. The many good DOC people know to shut up in order to get along. The hostile workplace comes from the top down, not the inmates up.

splackavellie

if anyone is watching.....namely Secretary Crews....the recorded interview mentions Cassidy Hill as the corrections officer at Franklin who was having sex with an inmate and got caught. How about her name is now Cassidy Crosby, since she married another correctional officer at Franklin named Crosby. How about husband Crosby beat the inmate she was screwing in the back of the head with a lock!!!! How about husband Crosby is on paid admin leave....no criminal charges filed yet. The corruption is SICK at Franklin. Who's their Warden? Shouldn't he be questioned at all for his gross negligence in managing the facility?

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