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Julie L. Jones, Secretary


Press Release
October 1, 2015
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Miami Herald: Reported use of force declines in Florida prisons

Published September 30, 2015

To view the story online, visit: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article37154679.html.

The number of incidents in which Florida Department of Corrections officers used force on inmates has declined to a five-year low, according to an annual report from the department’s Office of Inspector General…

“We are very encouraged by the decline in use-of-force incidents,” said Department of Corrections spokesman McKinley Lewis, crediting the reversal to increased staff training in crisis intervention and leadership accountability.

The total number of use-of-force incidents for the most recent fiscal year was 6,197, a 14 percent drop from the prior year’s 7,240 incidents.

The most significant decrease in the number of use-of-force incidents involved quelling “disturbances”: 1,330 occurrences were reported in this year’s report, compared to more than 2,400 last year.


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