“In the morning hours of February 26 at Apalachee Correctional Institution, inmate Jeremy Smith died after being involved in an apparent assault by another inmate. Following this incident, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was notified and has become the lead investigatory authority in this case. The Florida Department of Corrections Office of Inspector General is proactively working with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to provide investigatory assistance. The Department will employ all available resources to ensure that a thorough investigation is completed. As this is an open and active criminal investigation, this is all of the information available at this time.”
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 22,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.