Prison captain fired after failing to report smuggling attempt

07/15/2014 7:38 PM

07/15/2014 7:57 PM

Florida’s Department of Corrections on Tuesday fired a captain at Columbia Correctional Institution for failing to write up a report about contraband, including a gun, that had been smuggled to an inmate in February.

Capt. Jason Fox violated department policy by neglecting to write a report noting that he and another corrections officer had spoken to a Tampa police officer who reported that an inmate at Columbia received a package containing cellphones, marijuana and firearms in a coffee bag.

In a news release, DOC Secretary Michael Crews said Fox’s failure to report the information compromised the safety of the prison’s staff and inmates.

It was not clear from the news release what action, if any, was taken against the inmate or others who may have been involved in smuggling in the package. Fox was not implicated in the smuggling, just in initially failing to report the phone call with the Tampa officer.

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