For Immediate Release
May 10, 2002
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The July 1999 death of Frank Valdez, an inmate on Florida's death row, was a tragedy that tarnished public confidence in the Florida Department of Corrections. This was a shocking act; under no circumstances will I tolerate the abuse of inmates in this department.
There were a number of changes made in the operation of the Florida Department of Corrections immediately following--and prior to--the death of inmate Valdez. These changes assisted in the culmination of a complete and exhaustive investigation; in addition, they help to assure such incidents will not happen again.
The Department of Corrections, in order to negate any appearance of impropriety, immediately recused itself from the investigation of the incident. The department cooperated fully with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the agency in charge of the investigation.
Following are a few of the operational changes implemented by the department: