TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — A newly passed bill is aiming to change the scandal-plagued Florida prison system by reducing prison beatings and deaths.READ MORE: SW Miami-Dade Man Accused Of Impersonating Law Enforcement Officer
The Florida Senate voted 36-1 on Wednesday to pass a bill that would take away some of the governor’s power to appoint a corrections secretary and would create a commission with the power to independently investigate corruption or deaths.READ MORE: Comedian Louie Anderson Dies At 68 After Battle With Cancer
The corrections secretary would have to receive approval from the governor and Cabinet. Now, the governor has the sole decision on who runs the department.
Florida’s prison system is one of the nation’s largest and houses roughly 100,000 inmates. But increases in the use of force against inmates, as well as allegations about cover-ups of questionable inmate deaths, have tarnished the agency.MORE NEWS: Miami-Dade School Board To Hold Special Meeting To Interview Superintendent Candidates
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