Florida prison system fires 32 guards after inmate deaths, Report
Florida prison system fires 32 guards after inmate deaths, Report

Florida prison system fires 32 guards after inmate deaths : Report

32 guards with the Florida Department of Corrections were fired Friday afternoon in what union officials were calling a “Friday night massacre.” All were accused of criminal wrongdoing or misconduct in connection with the deaths of inmates at four state prisons.

Florida’s prison system has drawn increasing attention after the circumstances of the 2012 death of mentally ill prisoner Darren Rainey came to light.

In June, the American Civil Liberties Union penned a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder calling for a federal investigation into Rainey’s death, alleging that the state had attempted to “cover it up.”

The letter said Rainey was blasted with scalding hot water in a locked closet-sized shower as a punishment at the state’s Dade Correctional Institution in Miami.

After two hours, Rainey was found dead with his skin separated from his body, the letter said. The water temperature was later measured at 180 degrees, according to court records.

The Florida Department of Corrections was not immediately available for comment.

“These revelations that are coming out are not about incompetence. They’re about guards killing people and public officials working feverishly to cover it up,” said Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida.

Earlier this month, Crews said in a memo that the department had not been consistently holding staff who committed crimes accountable.

“The lack of consistent consequences for the same crime has the potential of undermining the culture of professionalism that is necessary for running institutions with integrity,” he wrote.


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