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26, 2011

Suzy Trutie

Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez statement on Department of Justice's investigation of County Corrections Facilities

In April 2008, the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division (DOJ) initiated a comprehensive investigation of inmate conditions at the various corrections facilities operated by Miami-Dade County's Corrections and Rehabilitation Department (MDCR). On August 24, 2011, the DOJ issued the findings of their three-and-a-half year investigation.

Their 40-page report outlines substantial issues related to MDCR's treatment of inmates and the overall conditions of County corrections facilities. Additionally, the report highlights what the DOJ determined to be major shortcomings in medical and mental health services provided to inmates by Jackson Health System's Corrections Health Services.

In 2008, the Department of Justice shared its initial concerns with the County. Since that time, MDCR and Jackson Health System's Corrections Health Services have been working diligently to address these significant issues and will continue to work with the DOJ to do so.

On Thursday, August 25, 2011, Mayor Gimenez met with Jackson CEO Carlos Migoya, MDCR Director Timothy Ryan and other corrections staff to review the report and discuss the County's ongoing efforts to address the issues cited by the DOJ.

“I am deeply concerned about the Department of Justice's findings, and will be reviewing the progress that has already been made to address them,” said Mayor Gimenez. “The Department of Justice has my personal assurance that they will get total cooperation from Miami-Dade County in this matter.”

View Mayor Gimenez's memorandum to the Board of County Commissioners about the Department of Justice findings.