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Five employees at Union Correctional placed on paid leave



The Florida Department of Corrections on Friday announced that it has placed five employees at Union Correctional Institution on paid administrative leave in connection with an investigation into whether excessive force was used on inmates by DOC employees. It is a common step in cases in which a criminal investigation is underway behind prison walls.

Corrections Secretary Ken Tucker announced that the employees placed on leave are assistant warden Nan Jeffcoat, Lt. Joseph Allen, Sgt. Darryl Phillips, and corrections officers Kenneth Warren and David Brooks.

All are employed at Union C.I. in Raiford.

In a statement, Tucker said the employees were placed on leave "to ensure the integrity of the investigations," using the plural, suggesting the state is investigating multiple cases of suspected excessive force. Said Tucker: "These allegations do not represent the majority of correctional professionals who work in Florida's prisons and do their jobs with the highest degree of professionalism under very difficult circumstances."

[Last modified: Friday, October 5, 2012 3:30pm]


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