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State investigators accuse Dept of Corrections of systemic corruption

Four investigators with the Department of Corrections have accused the state of Florida of running a prison system rife with corruption, brutality and officially sanctioned gang violence — and of retaliating against them when they tried to expose what was going on.

The four 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.

For weeks, the Miami Herald has reported on claims of abusive treatment by corrections officers, as related by inmates, nurses and a psychotherapist, primarily at Dade Correctional Institution, where an inmate was herded into a scorching hot shower and left until he collapsed and died. Now claims of abuse are coming from DOC investigators, the persons charged with rooting out such abuses.

“We have zero tolerance for unethical behavior, and take any allegations of abuse seriously,” said Melinda Miguel, Gov. Rick Scott’s chief inspector general. “An investigation into these allegations is currently active, and upon the conclusion of the investigation information will be made publicly available.”

In the complaint and accompanying documents, veteran investigator Aubrey P. Land described the death of a 27-year-old inmate, Randall Jordan-Aparo, who was found lifeless — a Bible next to his head, his body coated with yellow chemical gas — at Franklin Correctional Institution in September 2010. More from Julie K. Brown here. 

 

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ed jenkins

While the citizens are not pleased that dangerous illegal drugs and sexual activity occurred in their prisons the rest of these complaints are of no concern to the citizens. Inmates being "abused" with the occasional death should enhance the deterrent that society is trying to achieve against future crime committing by these monsters.

Michael

I would normally not remark as the the character of another poster but ed jenkins remark is dispicible as a mimimum and show's he apparently has no sense of compassion.

Anti-Tallahassee

You can leave the "of compassion" off when speaking of ed jenkins. Just plain "no sense" sums him up.

tammyrisa

And anyone that believes anything that comes from Governor Scott's office needs to get their head examined! Look how they covered up the rapes, beatings and deaths of nearly hundreds of children in Florida. www.thewhitehouseboys.com. Florida officials are out of control and something must be done!

tammyrisa

The Governor is the one who needs to be under investigation. He did nothing to help the white house boys!

Karl Marx's Ghost

Comrade Jenkins -

Your points, as usual, are super intelligent. Controlling the masses gets messy at times. You and I understand that an occasional death at the hands of the government is critical to ensure proper fear of supreme state power. You make me so proud.

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