MIAMI (AP) — The state of Florida has fired 32 prison guards as part of an investigation into the deaths of inmates at four state prisons.
The Miami Herald reported Saturday that the guards were fired late Friday and all were accused of criminal wrongdoing or misconduct in connection with the inmate deaths.
The union representing the fired guards tells the newspaper that the guards were fired without due process and that the inmates were following procedures established by their bosses, who were not fired.
The inmate deaths happened between 2010 and this year.
Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews said in a statement released Friday that his agency has a zero-tolerance policy for abuse or corruption and that the firings were part of that policy