@McKinleyPLewis loves his job.

McKinley Lewis is the spokesperson for the Florida Department of Corrections, and he loves his job, apparently because he gets to be a part of the FDoC’s plan to convince the public that our prisons no longer imperils inmates, which couldn’t be further from the truth. In this “interview,” FDoC Secretary Julie Jones spins every issue she touches on, and is treated with inexplicable deference, instead of disgust.

Unfortunately, Mr. Lewis seems to be under the false impression that Secretary Jones funds his employment, not Floridians, and is behaving accordingly, per the email exchange, below.

I have taken the liberty of putting Mr. Lewis email into one font to tone down its distractions. As a former CEO, I’m not fond of:  1) over-familiar salutations: I should be Ms. Chandler to Mr. Lewis; 2) having my time wasted: if I indeed need to contact the Florida Commission for Offender Review about Jeffrey Srang’s release, then Mr. Lewis should have provided contact information; 3) being lied to by people whose incomes I contribute to directly (employees) or indirectly (public servants): my initial request for a formal statement on Jeffrey’s early release was on September 16th, so waiting until October to respond was indeed stonewalling; 4) feigned helplessness in the face of being asked to perform a task that reasonably falls within one’s job responsibilities: asking an agency spokesperson to speak for the agency he’s employed by is hardly extraordinary.

The Florida Department of Corrections is waging war not only on inmates and taxpayers, but on common sense, and it has Governor Rick Scott’s full support, despite the rising death toll. Please sign and share this petition to signify that you care about your tax dollars being abused to turn short prison sentences into death sentences. Jeffrey Srang was only 28 when he died, and his death was likely preventable, had he received the correct chemotherapy. Thank you.


From: “Lewis, McKinley” <lewis.mckinley@mail.dc.state.fl.us>
Date: October 2, 2015 3:01:46 PM EDT
To: ‘Susan Chandler’ <wobblywarriors@comcast.net>
Subject: RE: Jeffrey Srang DC Number 132632 – released 6/19/15, died 8/12/15 – DOB 11/3/86

I am unsure as to how you would like for me to respond. If Jeffrey Srang was released for medical reasons, you would need to contact the Florida Commission for Offender Review as they are the entity which determines an inmate’s eligibility for Conditional Medical Release.
Please know that I am not attempting to avoid or stonewall you. I apologize for the delay in my response.
Best regards,
McKinley P. Lewis [emphasis his]
Communications Director
Florida Department of Corrections
501 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2500
Office:  (850) 717-3038
Cell: (850) 597-4695
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From: Susan Chandler
Date: September 30, 2015 2:08:13 PM EDT
To: McKinley Lewis <lewis.mckinley@mail.dc.state.fl.us>
Subject: Jeffrey Srang DC Number 132632 – released 6/19/15, died 8/12/15 – DOB 11/3/86

Dear Mr. Lewis,

I am writing to ask that you put my request at the top of your to-do list, as I suspect you will never find it convenient to issue a formal statement on Jeffrey Srang’s early release.

Your stonewalling makes independent advocacy for incarcerated innocents and imperiled inmates to be provably more dangerous, and I’m not having it … you’re working on my dimes, Friend of Mike H.

Please provide a statement on Jeffrey Srang’s early release by close of business tomorrow, October 1st. Thank you.

Susan Chandler

From: Susan Chandler
Date: September 16, 2015 5:02:34 PM EDT
To: McKinley Lewis <lewis.mckinley@mail.dc.state.fl.us>
Subject: Jeffrey Srang DC Number 132632 – released 6/19/15, died 8/12/15 – DOB 11/3/86

Dear Mr. Lewis,

I have been following Jeff Srang for years, and have watched his physical appearance change from what appeared to be continual cancer surgeries.

I feared that the FDoC would kill Jeff via pretending to be able to address his medical needs, and that he would be in pain the entire time due to the FDoC’s penchant for administering only Tylenol, regardless of an inmate’s level of pain. This fear is based on an activist’s account of Frank Lee Smith dying while screaming in pain. Smith was DNA exonerated months later.

At your earliest convenience, please provide a formal statement regarding Jeffrey Srang’s early release. Thank you.

Susan Chandler



About Susan Chandler

Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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