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11 Prison Workers Now Suspended After Suspicious Inmate Death

By: Capitol News Service Email
By: Capitol News Service Email

Raiford, FL - More corrections officers have been put on administrative leave as state officials investigate allegations of excessive use of force at a north Florida prison.

Officials with the Department of Corrections said Monday that five more officers have been put on leave with pay, raising the total under investigation to 11 officers.

The Department of Corrections says a criminal investigation is under way.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is looking into the death last month at Union Correctional Institution in Raiford. They are also investigating excessive use of force cases involving five other inmates.


Raiford, FL - Five correctional employees have been suspended and a warden has been transferred after an inmate's suspicious death at a north Florida prison.

The Department of Corrections announced those actions Friday, a day after the agency confirmed a criminal investigation was under way.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is looking into the death last month at Union Correctional Institution in Raiford.

The prison agency's inspector general also is investigating other use-of-force complaints there.

Assistant Warden Nan Jeffcoat and four correctional officers have been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the results of those investigations.

Union's former warden, Barry Reddish, transferred Friday to Lawtey Correctional Institution, a faith- and character-based prison also in Raiford.

Diane Andrews, formerly warden at Madison Correctional Institution, replaced Reddish at Union.


Raiford, FL - The Florida Department of Corrections has scheduled a news conference Friday to address the death of an inmate being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Ann Howard, a spokeswoman for the department, confirmed Thursday that an investigation was underway into the September death at Union Correctional Institution in Raiford.

"There may be more investigations opened..One question is whether this was an excessive use of force," Howard said in an email.

She said the department doesn’t know how long the investigation, which also involves the agency’s inspector general, will take. "We take the safety of inmates very seriously which is why we have asked FDLE to take over this case," Howard said. "The DOC administration has instructed all DOC personnel to fully comply with this investigation."


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