September 30, 2015
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TRENTON, Fla. –The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) Office of Inspector General (OIG) today arrested Correctional Officer Demonds Jackson following a criminal investigation. Jackson has been charged with Culpable Negligence/Exposing Another to Injury, Depriving a Crime Victim of Medical Care and Official Misconduct. The charges stem from an incident which occurred on June 29th, 2015 at Lancaster Correctional Institution. The OIG investigation revealed that an inmate was battered by fellow inmates due to Officer Jackson failing to maintain care, custody and control of those under his supervision. After the battery occurred, Jackson failed to report the incident as required, causing a delay in medical treatment for the victim. Jackson also delayed reporting the incident to the OIG for investigation. The Department is currently taking the appropriate personnel action regarding the employment of Officer Jackson.
Secretary Julie Jones said, "Our Department's correctional officers are expected to treat those entrusted to their supervision with fairness and integrity. We have zero-tolerance for individuals who neglect that trust and fail to abide by the Department's values. I applaud the Office of Inspector General's efforts in continuing the pursuit of those whose actions misrepresent the thousands of employees striving to ensure the safety and accountability of our institutions every day."
Following the arrest, OIG Inspectors transported Correctional Officer Jackson to the Gilchrist County Jail. The Office of Inspector General acknowledges the cooperation and assistance provided by the State Attorney's Office in the 8nd Judicial Circuit.
Though an arrest has been made, an open and active criminal investigation into this incident remains. This is all of the information available at this time.
The Florida Department of Corrections Office of Inspector General today also arrested Correctional Officer Frank Brookins on the charge of Falsification of Official State Records. This arrest was made in connection with an incident previously described in an earlier Department release, found here.
Following the arrest, OIG investigators transported Officer Brookins to the Suwannee County Jail.
For more information regarding the Department's correctional officers and the Office of Institutions, please visit http://www.dc.state.fl.us/orginfo/ci.html.
The following exemptions apply to the redactions:
Medical, psychological, and dental records, without a properly executed DC4-711B Consent for Release form. § 945.10(1)(a),
456.057(7)(a), F.S., 45 C.F.R., § 164.502.
The home addresses, telephone numbers, including cellular and personal pager numbers, social security numbers, dates of birth,
and photographs of active or former department employees and/or their spouses and children; places of employment; daycare
facilities, and/or schools of active or former department employees' spouses and children (sections 119.071 (4)(d), F.S. and
Information, which if released, would jeopardize a person's safety. § 945.10(1)(e), F.S.
Active criminal investigation or criminal intelligence information. § 119.071(2)(c), F.S.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 23,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.