Prisoner kills cellmate, heads to chow hall with victim’s ear on a necklace, sources say
Aubrey Land, a former inspector with the Florida prison system, said that gangs are controlling many of the state’s 50 prisons.
“There are criminal gangs operating in every facility in the state of Florida and it is contributing to the K2 deaths and the violence and has been for many years,’’ said Land, who is now a prison and jail consultant.
Inmate deaths are at an all-time high in the Florida prison system, and murders and inmate-on-inmate violence has exploded, records show.
“The FDC has continuously ignored the safety of our staff and inmates. Our next governor’s greatest challenge will be to address this lingering problem,’’ Land said.
The Miami Herald‘s Julie Brown closed her story on this preventable homicide by damning the deceased, recounting the crime that sent Larry Mark to prison in a manner that suggested we should ignore his horrendously gruesome death.
Ms Brown is a seasoned reporter; she knows that Florida – decade after decade – is often miles off the mark in its prosecutions, and her editors know that, too. I have trouble recalling all the many names of the remaining Florida incarcerated innocents I’m fighting for … I’ve been at it since 2004 beginning with Wilton Dedge, who was exonerated that very same year.
The crux of any story about a homicide within a Florida lockup can never be about whether or not the deceased deserved to die. Not until every last bit of Florida’s conviction corruption is cleaned up, not until every last one of Florida’s lockups, including holding cells, are safe for men, women, adolescents and children as well as the personnel entrusted with their care and supervision.
Rick Scott has put no effort into making Florida lockups safe. Were safety his goal, Scott would have appointed someone other than Julie Jones to lead the Florida Department of Corrections, among a laundry list of other obvious activities, like not continually short-staffing prisons to the point that underpaid, overworked officers are in danger of being slain, daily.