For Immediate Release
April 19, 2001
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Tallahassee - Today, Secretary of Corrections Michael W. Moore ordered an immediate investigation into concerns and complaints by employees during the recent prison tour by legislators.
The investigation has two parts, FDLE will handle the formal investigation of alleged criminal misdeeds at North Florida Reception Center in Lake Butler, Fla. The allegations concern mishandling of inmate mail and other issues. FDLE Commissioner Tim Moore will be responsible for the investigation and will recommend appropriate action to the state attorney if warranted. It must be made clear that many of the employees that spoke to legislators are part of current litigation. It will be the courts that decide those specific issues related to the pending lawsuit.
Secretary Moore also directed his EEO unit headed by Assistant Chief of Personnel Marian Deadwiley to immediately begin investigations into all complaints and concerns registered at the meetings. The teams will conduct investigations at Tomoka CI in Daytona Beach, Marion CI in Lowell, Florida and North Florida Reception Center.
"My overriding concern is for our employees," Secretary Moore said. "These men and women work in a dangerous environment and depend on each other for support. It is my intent to resolve this issue as quickly as possible to ensure that our employees can do their jobs in a safe and secure workplace. I remain committed to addressing and resolving all these issues and preventing any that may arise in the future."
In addition, Secretary Moore is temporarily reassigning one employee to the central office while the investigation is in progress.
No employee is going to be disciplined without due process and a fair hearing. Every employee has the same opportunity to file complaints or grievances and have them fully investigated. The Department of Corrections will investigate these and all allegations. The department will continue to address any conduct or any kind of improper behavior by employees. Secretary Moore pledges to vigorously investigate and resolve any allegations and take appropriate disciplinary or legal action.
This agency has 27,000 employees, men and women who put their lives on the line every day. The vast majority are honest and hard working individuals who do their jobs professionally and with integrity. Our employees understand their personal responsibility in the workplace and are encouraged and supported when expressing concerns that affect their jobs.