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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Florida Corrections:  Centuries of Progress
2012 - Today

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February 2012

Robert Waterhouse was convicted of the 1980 murder of Deborah Kammerer of St. Petersburg, whose body was found in Tampa Bay. She'd been beaten, raped and dragged into the bay, where she drowned. Waterhouse was executed on February 15, 2012 after 31 years on death row.

Robert Waterhouse
Robert Waterhouse's mugshot

April 2012

David Alan Gore, 58, was executed on Thursday, April 12, for the murder of Lynn Elliott, 17, whom he had kidnapped in Pinellas County in 1983 when she was hitchhiking to the beach. He admitted to killing a total of six women. He was pronounced dead at Florida State Prison at 6:19 pm after more than 26 years on death row

David Alan Gore's mugshot

December 2012

Manuel Pardo, 56, was executed on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 for a 1986 killing spree in which he murdered nine people. Pardo, a former police officer and Highway Patrol Officer, was executed by lethal injection at Florida State Prison in Starke and pronounced dead at 7:47 pm. He had been on death row since June 1988. His last meal consisted of roasted pork, red beans and rice, plantains, avocado and tomatoes with olive oil. For dessert, he had pumpkin pie, eggnog and Cuban coffee. Per Florida policy, last meals may not exceed $40 and must be purchased locally

Manuel Pardo's mugshot

Governor Scott Appoints Michael Crews to Lead Department of Corrections

Michael D. Crews

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Michael D. Crews as Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) effective 12/17/2012. Crews will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Secretary Ken Tucker.

Crews has served as the deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections since 2011 and has nearly 30 years of experience in corrections and law enforcement. From 1986 to 2011, Crews served with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in various capacities, including the director of the professionalism program, the chief of bureau standards and the director of Florida’s Criminal Justice Executive Institute/ Leadership Center. Crews began his career with DOC where he was a probation and parole officer from 1986 to 1987 and correctional officer from 1984 to 1986.

Governor Scott said, "Throughout Michael's impressive career, he has demonstrated an excellent understanding of law enforcement and a willingness to serve the citizens of Florida. I am confident Michael will lead the Department of Corrections with integrity, leadership, and with an understanding of our ultimate goal to keep Floridians safe."

"I am thankful for Secretary Tucker's service. He humbly served our state for more than 25 years and his commitment and leadership will be missed."


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We hope you enjoyed our History of Corrections and maybe learned a little in the process. While we have done our best to be accurate, we know that it is impossible to be 100% correct! If you spotted an error, please let us know as we would very much like to correct it. (Also, if you have pictures to further illustrate events mentioned, we would love to get a copy and include them.)

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