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Jim Crosby's legacy



Remember the murder of death row inmate Frank Valdes and the acquittal of the corrections officers charged in his death? Check out this story about corrupt former DOC chief Jim Crosby's predecessor, Ron McAndrew, who was to testify in the civil trial on the Valdes case: 

"McAndrew already has given testimony that he warned Crosby to fire specific guards who beat inmates at the prison. Crosby promoted them. Valdes was killed 16 months later. For McAndrew, who retired three years ago from the state prison system, the Valdes case is not only about setting the record straight about what he told Crosby. It is about accomplishing in retirement what he couldn't do as warden: stop inmate abuse."

No, voters don't care about badly treated cons, but perhaps taxpayers should. The Valdes civil suit was just settled for $737,500.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:26pm]


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