Jones Not Aware Of Further Klan Activity By Prison Guards

Shaun King of Daily Kos said it best: “In light of this, you must remember that a record 346 inmates died in Florida prisons last year—including men and women who were gassed to death, burned to death, and beaten to death, all by staff. It can be hard to really believe that we are in 2015, but this is absolutely our new normal.”

CBS Tampa

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida prisons chief Julie Jones says she knows of no further Ku Klux Klan activity by Florida prison officials besides two guards and a former guard arrested last week last week for plotting to kill a black inmate.

But Jones told the Senate Criminal Justice Committee Tuesday that detecting extremists can be difficult because corrections officials can’t ask about job applicants’ political affiliations. She said the two guards working at the department’s Lake Butler facility when they were arrested hadn’t shown signs of their views in their work.

Under questioning by the committee, she defended department policies for making sure top management is aware of serious incidents and problems in prisons.

The committee was considering confirming Jones’ appointment as corrections secretary and unanimously recommended it to the full Senate.

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