Florida jail that exploded had past problems, was subject of 5-year federal investigation

  • by: MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL , Associated Press
  • Updated: May 2, 2014 - 4:25 PM

PENSACOLA, Fla. — The Florida jail crippled by an apparent gas explosion was the subject of a five-year investigation that uncovered a facility so "grossly" understaffed that posts went unmanned and cells were seldom searched. Violence was pervasive and inmates were segregated by race.

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