Florida DOC Implements New Zero-Tolerance Policy

Florida DOC - Florida Department of Corrections
Posted at 10:48 PM, Sep 12, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-19 19:52:29-04

FLORIDA (wtxl) - The Florida Department of Corrections is implementing a new discipline policy, after the findings of some criminal behavior from multiple prison guards.

DOC will strictly enforce a zero-tolerance policy for inappropriate and criminal behavior by staff.

Yesterday, six North Florida prison guards were charged with battery on an inmate, from an incident back in August. They were all fired.

Today, Florida DOC said, along with those six staff members, an additional seven members were dismissed under the new employee discipline policy.

Five employees, Officer Earl Short, Officer Stephen Nygard, Officer Julious Riley, Sergeant Robert la Puma, and Sergeant Brittain Williams, all of Lancaster Correctional Institution, were dismissed for battery on an inmate.

Also, Officer Houston Biddle of Okaloosa Correctional Institution was dismissed for a DUI arrest and Officer Glen Gordon of Desoto was dismissed for an arrest for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended, cancelled, or revoked driver's license.