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Florida fires 11 prison employees in crackdown

Published Sept. 14, 2014

TALLAHASSEE

Crackdown at prison brings firings to 11

State prison officials did some major housecleaning this week in the wake of abuse allegations.

The Florida Department of Corrections on Friday fired six more employees, bringing the week's total to 11.

It dismissed three officers and two sergeants for punching and kicking a prisoner at Lancaster Correctional Institution.

Two other officers were also fired in separate incidents. One for a DUI arrest and the other for driving with a suspended license.

On Thursday, the department fired six other prison staffers for battering an inmate at Northwest Florida Reception Center in Chipley while the prisoner's hands and legs were shackled.

The crackdown comes after repeated allegations of systemic abuse, cover-ups and failure to punish guards when inmates are harmed.

Department Secretary Mike Crews has been visiting all 49 facilities.

Associated Press