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In his latest Executive Order, Scott called for two independent audits of the prison system to be done. DOC spokesman McKinley Lewis says they’ll be completed sometime in the fall.
[Update 7/19/16: Of all the updates I’ve ever written, this is by far the most disturbing. I discovered today that neither Antonio Gallashaw nor Denis Robinson’s names are now present in the Florida Department of Corrections mortality stats webpage for Baker Correctional Institution. With assistance, I will be looking into the matter further.]
As I had written in part 1 of PR in lieu of PRosecutions, the issuance of Rick Scott’s Executive Order 15-134 followed the announcement that a Grand Jury had failed to indict the officers who beat Matthew Walker to death.
I also called into question the credentials of the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) – one of supposedly independent auditors Scott names in E.O. 15-134 – for the organization’s seeming revolving door employment of Patricia Hardyman, who was formerly employed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons … the other allegedly independent auditor.
What I didn’t know when I wrote part 1 about 15-134 was this: former FDoC Secretary Michael Crews had already engaged the services of ASCA nearly nine months earlier. When I learned that the ASCA was old news, I emailed current FDoC Secretary Julie Jones, complete with the open attachments you see below – Crews press release and letter to the ASCA from last October, and Rick Scott’s Executive Order 15-134.
Rick Scott’s first Executive Order concerning the FDoC this year was nonsense, too; I published my take on it, as well as the take of an anonymous inmate. The mainstream media continues to have a warm, fuzzy feeling for both executive orders, so it seems pretty safe to conclude that Rick Scott and Julie Jones are counting on the mainstream media to keep Floridians stupid, as the death toll continues to mount, and supposed investigations of suspicious deaths go nowhere, including Darren Rainey’s scalding homicide over three years ago, which feds are supposedly investigating.
There were two more deaths this past week, both at Baker Correctional Institution, both “under investigation” … 23-year-old Antonio Gallashaw and 50-year-old Denis Robinson. Julie Jones has not issued a press release about these deaths, and neither has Rick Scott; he instead announced the intent to investigate Planned Parenthood, playing hardline Republican pro-birth politics, which no one with any common sense continues to mistake with being pro-life … if you’re pro-life, you care when corrections officers turn short prison sentences into death sentences.
From: Susan Chandler
Date: July 29, 2015 6:48:49 PM EDT
Subject: FDoC relationship with Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA)
Dear Secretary Jones,
I am writing because I am quite dissatisfied with current portrayals of the Florida Department of Corrections’ (FDoC) relationship with the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA), and wish to know the truth of Florida’s prison reform intentions, so that I may pass it along as best I can on my blog and via social media.
What Governor Scott portrayed as new in his July 9, 2015 Executive Order 15-134 as regards ASCA involvement with the FDoC appears to be nearly nine months old … a solicitation of ASCA’s involvement with the FDoC was announced in your predecessor’s press release dated October 13, 2014.
On the ASCA’s website, I can find no record of the association doing anything that was described in former FDoC Secretary Michael Crews’ press release, or in his letter to George and Camille Camp.
Please furnish copies, via email, of the audit that ASCA was apparently supposed to prepare at Michael Crews’ request, as well as the Camps’ response to Mr. Crews’ letter of October 10, 2014. I assume that this information is available to you, as you are a member of the ASCA [http://dc.state.fl.us/secretary/bio.html].
Thank you for your time and your anticipated cooperation.
October 13, 2014
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Department of Corrections Takes Unprecedented Steps to Ensure Safer Practices and Policies are in Place
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary Mike Crews today announced unprecedented steps to ensure safer practices and policies are in place. In the coming weeks, the Association of State Corrections Administrators (ASCA) will review the Department’s policies, rules and procedures related to use of force. The ASCA will provide a full independent audit of the Department’s policies and procedures through site visits, inspections and evaluations on use of force methods. The ASCA will also identify the Department’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. A report detailing the ASCA findings will be available following the audit. The ASCA is a nationally recognized organization with qualified experts in the corrections profession.
Secretary Crews said: “I look forward to having an independent party review our policies to ensure the Department is taking every step possible to improve our facilities, educate our staff and protect our inmates. In the past few months, I have met personally with staff at each and every one of our 49 facilities and have communicated with clarity that there is no tolerance of the excessive use of force, inmate abuse, inappropriate behavior, or criminal activity by our staff. We should be held to the highest standards of professionalism. An agency-wide review of policies and procedures by the ASCA will help identify any remaining or connected issues and reinforce our zero-tolerance policy for misconduct and commitment to continued improvement for the Department.”
This past summer, Secretary Crews assessed operations, met with leadership and officers and took action on activities that run counter to the Department’s mission of maintaining a secure environment for officers and inmates. Secretary Crews completed his statewide tour of all DOC institutions on September 23, 2014.