A coalition of 14 human rights groups on Thursday called for a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into Florida state prisons, contending that "immediate intervention" is necessary to stop the widespread abuse, neglect, torture and deaths of inmates in the Florida Department of Corrections.
In a letter to Assistant Attorney
General Vanita Gupta, the group cited a list of suspected criminal and
civil rights violations against prisoners, including: torture and death
by starvation, excessive use of force, medical neglect, misuse of
solitary confinement, suicide, sexual assault and death and torture by
As examples, the letter cites 17 inmates who allegedly died under
one or more of those conditions, as well as three others who continue to
suffer as a result of violence and neglect suffered in the state prison
"Given the Florida Department of Corrections' pattern and
practice of consistently failing to remedy these pervasive and
egregious problems, only the Department of Justice can properly address
these violations," the coalition wrote.