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Another assistant warden gets fired at prison with record of inmate deaths

Julie JonesAn assistant warden at a troubled Florida women’s prison where two inmates died last year under suspicious circumstances has been fired, the Department of Corrections confirmed Thursday.

Julie Jones, the department’s new secretary, said Marty Martinez, assistant warden at Lowell Correctional, was discharged for conduct unbecoming an officer and was not dismissed in connection with any inmate death.

“I don’t know what the exact charge was, but in my terminology, conduct unbecoming. It had to do with his demeanor and his attitude on the job,’’ Jones said.

Martinez was ousted Jan. 15, a few days into the tenure of Jones, who replaced former secretary Michael Crews. Crews, who fired at least 32 corrections officers for excessive force last year, stepped down in November amid a scandal over a series of brutal and unexplained inmate deaths reported by the Herald and other news media. Story here. 

Photo: Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones