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During Confirmation Hearing, DOC Head Jones Gives Update Post-KKK Prison Murder Plot

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Florida Channel

Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones says she’s working to move past the alleged KKK murder plot involving two of her former correctional employees last week.

During her latest Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday, Jones was questioned about the incident. Investigators say the three men—two current employees at the time—had plotted to kill a black inmate upon his release from prison. Concerns were raised about the department’s hiring policies, but Jones says these men did not raise any red flags.

“When we hire people, we can’t ask what your political affiliations are,” said Jones. “We look for patterns of behavior relative to the job performance. And, to answer your question, for those two individuals, their job performance did not indicate that they had that particular mindset.”

Jones was also questioned about the process of filing inmate and correctional officers’ grievances. She told a Senate panel last week that she’s looking into making the inmate grievance process electronic. And, as she was in that committee, the Senate Criminal Justice committee agreed unanimously to confirm Jones Tuesday.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.