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New FL Prison Boss: Julie Jones

Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Julie Jones to lead Florida’s prison system, the Miami Herald reports. It will be the first time a woman will lead the Department of Corrections. Jones comes to the DOC after leading the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, and will replace Mike Crews, who announced his resignation last month. The prison system has been plagued by inmate deaths and abuse, the Herald reports.

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