Escambia County, FL Fires Jail Director After 6 Inmate Deaths

Panhandle county fires jail director after 6 inmate deaths
Panhandle county fires jail director after 6 inmate deaths

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) – A Florida Panhandle county’s jail system is in turmoil after administrators fired its director following six inmate deaths in the past 13 months, three by suicide and three by natural causes.

Michael Tidwell was fired last week. The first of the six deaths under his watch came just months after a 2014 explosion that killed two inmates, injured 200, and destroyed the main Escambia County jail. The explosion happened under Tidwell’s predecessor. The county commission met Thursday to discuss the problems, but no immediate solutions were adopted.

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