Jeffery Beasley, inspector general of Florida’s Department of Corrections, said Thursday that he is stepping down to assume another role at the embattled agency.
His announcement comes after more than a year of widespread criticism and allegations by corrections officers, inspectors, sworn law enforcement officers and prisoners that he and others in his office failed to investigate, and in some cases, may have even thwarted, investigations into the suspicious deaths, beatings and medical neglect of inmates in Florida state prisons.
In an exclusive and wide-ranging interview with the Miami Herald Thursday, Beasley talked about everything from the accomplishments of his four-year tenure to the high-profile inmate deaths of Darren Rainey and Randall Jordan-Aparo. He hinted that the local, state and federal inquiries into their deaths would reveal no evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
Beasley, 41, also stated that he is not being “run out on a rail," but rather, elected voluntarily to move into a new role as head of the inspector general’s intelligence division, which is tasked with probing inmate-generated crime, including identity theft and drug and tobacco trafficking.
“This is a phenomenal move and opportunity,’’ Beasley said of his new post. “This is not the secretary running me out of the position. This is not the governor forcing me out of the office."