On February 12, 2015 Reentry Central posted an article that contained a link to a Miami Herald article concerning the rampant abuse of prisoners throughout the Florida prison system. The Miami Herald reporte that the Justice Department was looking into the deaths of 320 people in Florida prisons, and that a former secretary of the Florida DOC described abuse “..so deeply seated that it is irreparable.”
Now other shocking allegations against two Florida corrections officers and a former corrections officer have come to light.
Capitol News Service reported the following on April 2, 2015:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— An investigation that included the FBI and Homeland Security leads to the break-up of a plot from KKK members to kill a black Florida inmate. The three men arrested were all current or former employees of the State Department of Corrections.
Three men, two current Department of Corrections employees and one former DOC employee, allegedly planned to carry out a murder plot according to the Attorney General’s Office. All three have ties to the white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan, and the target was set to be an African-American inmate.
Thomas Driver and David Moran were working for the department in Lake Butler. Charles Newcomb was let go in January of 2013.
Senator Arthenia Joyner says it’s another mark against the department currently dealing with a crisis when it comes to inmate treatment.
“It’s unfortunate, it just seems like there’s a pattern, and that is the troubling thing, a pattern one way or the other,” says Joyner.
The Department of Corrections declined an on-camera interview, but released a statement condemning the actions.
The arrest warrant states the plot stems from a fight between the inmate and Driver. Driver claims the inmate had a disease and tried to pass it on to him. Earlier this year, two of the suspects drove to the inmates house with syringes of insulin and a handgun and were prepared to carry out the plot.
The arrest warrant states that an informant showed the three suspects a fake photo showing the inmate shot to death. Using evidence from recorded conversations, the FBI then moved to arrest the men on Thursday.
The DOC said they were moving to terminate the employment of the men.
The case is set to be prosecuted in Columbia County.