Former corrections secretary James Crosby accepted a plea deal last week, admitting to taking more than $100,000 in kickbacks from a state subcontractor.
Gov. Jeb Bush said, "I'll accept personal responsibility for the selections I made. If you look at the depth and breadth of people who have served in my administration, I think you can safely say that they were competent, they were professional, they showed integrity, they were hard workers and they served the state well. Jimmy Crosby unfortunately is not on that list."
Dozens of prison employees, including several top officials, have been charged or convicted in a variety of scandals over the past year involving drugs, assaults and misuse of funds.