Florida DOC Head Fired

The secretary of state corrections was ousted Friday by Gov. Jeb Bush following months of questions about illegal activities by guards and top officials in the prison system.

James Crosby, a former warden at Florida State Prison, had headed the nation's third largest corrections system since January of 2003. Bush spokesman Russell Schweiss says to comment on the matter would be inappropriate since the investigation is ongoing.

The department is under intense scrutiny after the arrests for steroid abuse and accusations of sexual assault, and the arrest of an employee allegedly hired only to help a Florida prison softball team.

Bush had expressed confidence in Crosby's leadership in recent months and didn't elaborate in a brief statement released Friday on his reasons for demanding that Crosby quit.

Bush says he's “deeply saddened and disappointed” about this action.

Bush named James McDonough as interim secretary. McDonough has served as the director of Bush's Drug Control office since 1999.

Crosby had worked his way up through the prison system, starting in 1975.

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