“Women in Chains” Ex-Florida prison boss: Drunken orgies tainted system, Female Inmates Sexually Abused at Lowell Correctional
In fact, on his first day on the job, James McDonough says he walked into his office — the same one his predecessor used — and there was crime scene tape preventing anyone from entering. Criminal charges were filed against more than 40 others, and most were convicted.
In addition to the orgies and other misconduct outside the cell blocks, there were other allegations of prisoners being harmed, McDonough said. “In some of the pockets of corruption that we found, they [prisoners] were being abused,” he said.
Lowell Correctional Institute Female Inmates’ Complaints Hit Wall. TAMPA WFLA, News Channel 8, reviewed 468 complaints alleging improper conduct ranging from love letters to voyeurism to sex between prison staff members and female inmates – Wendy Baker said she was handcuffed and helpless when the officer escorting her across the prison yard knelt down and pulled up her socks to ease the chafing of her leg shackles.
What he did next, she said, paralyzed her with fear, rekindled memories of childhood abuse and made her want to die. `I felt like I couldn’t breathe,” Baker said. “I wanted the world to end right there.” Baker later told prison inspectors that Lowell Correctional Institution Officer Shonne Webb-Bey molested her, and it wasn’t the first time. State records indicate Lowell’s warden, Gerald Abdul- Wasi, fired Webb-Bey based on Baker’s allegation and the sheer number of inmate complaints.
Lowell Correctional Institution and the Lowell work camp have a curent female inmate of 3,000 with a toal staff of 619, it is the oldest state facility for women and opened in April 1956 as Florida C.I., housing all custody levels including death row. Lowell Correctional Institution has open bay housing units (dorm style) so how do you add 292 more female inmates to the already 3,000 and not be overcrowded in the no-air condition dorms from the 1950′s with lead paint on the walls and abestos tiles on the floor?
Lowell Correction Institution located in Ocala, Floridawas the first Florida prison for women. It was opened in April 1956 as the Florida Correctional Institution. It houses all security levels: minimum, maximum, and death row. It has a maximum population of 3,044 female inmates ranging anywhere from youth (14-18) to adults (18+).
UPDATE..Ex-Sheriff, Jailers Charged With Inmate Sex, Taking Them Drugs, Saturday, February 28, 2009 FORT WORTH, Texas — A former North Texas sheriff and some ex-jailers were among 17 people named Friday in a 106-count indictment on charges ranging from having sex with inmates to taking them drugs. Bill Keating, who was Montague County sheriff from 2004-08, is charged with official oppression and having sex with inmates in April and in the fall,
Not all the assaults are carried out by the guards. One case that has had wide consequences involved Robin Lucas, the owner of a hair salon, who was convicted of cashing $7,800 worth of stolen travelers’ checks and sentenced to thirty-three months in the Federal Correctional Institute in Dublin, California.
One night, as Ms. Lucas lay sleeping in her cell, she was awakened, as she later described it, “by the hot breath of a man, his body pushing against me, tugging at my clothes, demanding that I be nice to him.” The man was a male inmate from another part of the prison who had paid guards to allow him to go into Ms. Lucas’s cell. Though she managed to fight him off, she was seriously injured.
Three weeks later a far worse attack took place, this time involving three inmates who handcuffed and repeatedly raped and sodomized her. Upon her release, Lucas sued the federal government, which settled the case in 1998 for $500,000, one of the first and largest settlements of its kind.
Since then dozens of other lawsuits have been filed and many have been settled out of court for substantial sums. In addition to correctional officers, prison medical officials, parole officers, and even chaplains have had to acknowledge sexual offenses Cassandra Collins was a thirty-four-year-old mother of two daughters when she was sentenced to six months in Florida’s Gadsden County Jail for passing worthless bank checks. She began serving her time in November 1995. Worried that her daughters, then twelve and fourteen, were not being adequately supervised while she was in jail, Collins asked a captain in the county jail if she was eligible for a furlough program that would allow her to spend the night and part of each day at home with her children.
The officer agreed to permit Collins to enter a program under which she would work in the jail laundry from 8 AM to 3 PM and then return home. But the captain warned Collins when she began her furlough, “Now you belong to me!” It was not long before Cassandra Collins learned what the captain meant. At first he demanded that she pay him for being allowed to go home after work. Collins, as he knew, had recently settled a claim for a workers’ compensation injury; she would eventually give him more than $5,000.
Soon, however, the extortion took a different form. After insisting that Collins come into work on Christmas Eve, the captain told her that he would pick her up in his truck. But instead of heading to the jail, he pulled into the parking lot of a funeral home. He briefly showed Collins the gun under his seat and then forced her head into his lap, insisting she perform oral sex. Collins jumped out of the truck and escaped, but a few weeks later she was not so lucky. This time, with the connivance of a sheriff’s deputy, the captain got Collins into his car, drove her to a deserted spot in a nearby wood, and raped her.
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