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FAMM, Florida Cares Release Statement on Florida DOC Arrests
Both groups urged swift action following leaked video of prisoner beating
TALLAHASSEE – FAMM and the advocacy group Florida Cares have issued a statement praising the swift action of the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC), after three officers involved in the beating of a prisoner have been fired and charged with crimes.
Previously, both groups sent a letter to DOC Secretary Mark Inch urging the DOC to investigate the incident.
“The filing of criminal charges and the immediate firing of the employees responsible for the horrific acts caught on video is exactly the kind of leadership we encouraged and expect,” said FAMM President Kevin Ring.
“Families of incarcerated loved ones fear that this sort of event could be swept under the rug or covered up. We thank Secretary Inch for holding his employees accountable.”
Denise Rock, executive director of Florida Cares, said she hopes this move will send a message that prisoner abuse will no longer be tolerated.
“Too many families live in fear for their loved one’s safety while they serve their time,” Rock said, noting that some families fear talking about abuse for fear of retaliation. “Secretary Inch’s swift action gives these families confidence in his leadership. We look forward to helping everyone heal from this event, and hope that the Department will embrace restorative practices to continue promoting a culture of mutual respect between prisoners and FDC employees.”
For nearly three decades, FAMM has united the voices of affected families, the formerly incarcerated, and a range of stakeholders and advocates to fight for a more fair and effective justice system. FAMM’s focus on ending a one-size-fits-all punishment structure has led to reforms to sentencing and prison policies in 6 states and is paving the way to programs that support rehabilitation for the 94% of all prisoners who will return to our neighborhoods one day.
FAMM is a national nonpartisan advocacy organization that promotes fair and effective criminal justice policies that safeguard taxpayer dollars and keep our communities safe. Founded in 1991, FAMM is helping transform America’s criminal justice system by uniting the voices of impacted families and individuals and elevating the issues all across the country.