Buss Called “Heedless to the Details of Political Power” In Florida


Ed Buss, who was forced out as Florida prison chief this week by Gov. Rick Scott, was “startlingly heedless to the details of political power and office politics,” says Tallahassee Democrat columnist Paul Flemming. The columnist says there was “Buss-administration rear-guard attack on a legislatively ordered prison privatization plan, there was a reality TV deal the governor’s office learned about after the fact (and ultimately approved), there was a failure to consult or even notify lawmakers about cost-saving prison closures.”

Buss also made an expensive “sweetheart deal” with Elizabeth Gondles that said a winning bidder to privatize health services for prisoners [since ended] would have to be accredited by the American Correctional Association, which is directed by her husband. Flemming says “the sad part is that Buss had succeeded [as corrections director] in Indiana and did begin important initiatives in Florida that are progressive, smart and less expensive.”

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