UPDATED: Monday, December 14th, 2015
MIAMI HERALD BLOCKBUSTER EXPOSE OF LOWELL PRISON: Bartered sex, corruption and cover-ups behind bars in nation’s largest women’s prison Lowell Correctional Ocala Florida. Casey Hodge stepped from the prison van, trembling under the weight of her thick handcuffs and leg shackles. The slight 25-year-old was led with a group of other women into a small room and ordered to strip naked. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/special-reports/florida-prisons/article49175685.html#storylink=cpy
Fox News Radio 1620 Pensacola Fl…Sarasota PI Bill Warner on the air this mrning, he has been investigating the extremely troubling death of several female inmates at the Lowell Correctional facility in Ocala, FL since 2009, he is quoted in the recent Miami Herald article. Yet another suspicious death Latandra Ellington on October 1st, 2014, this one at a women’s prison in Ocala — has civil rights groups calling for a Justice Department probe into prison abuse. miamiherald.com
Original article August 30th, 2009…..Lowell C.I. Female Prisoner Abuse, Female Prison Inmates Are Routinely Raped Nationwide, article by Private Investigator Bill Warner. Lowell Correctional Institute situated just outside Ocala Florida is the depository for all female death row inmates it is also the depository for all pregnant female prisoners in the State of Florida Correctional system, how and by who the female inmates became pregnant is of grave concern as witnessed by the ever growing female inmate population nationwide and the increasing incidence of female prison rapes. A former Lowell female prison inmate, who was serving time for child abuse, said in a sworn statement to investigators that former prison stores manager Larry Bindley had been giving her food, perfume and other gifts for months. She told investigators that after Bindley became her civilian supervisor in the prison canteen, he asked her “what I thought about sexual harassment and if I would submit to that if it was the only means of keeping my job.”
MIAMI HERALD: Bill Warner, a private investigator who has probed several cases at Lowell, said the female inmates who are raped or sexually abused by male guards rarely report it out of fear that they won’t be able to see their children. About 65 percent of female inmates are mothers, and the prison also houses a population of pregnant inmates, he said. “Everyone I talked to — it’s always the same story. There are beat-downs and they are subjected to indignities like males strip-searching them,’’ PI Bill Warner said.
July 21st, 2009….Female Prison Inmate Bernadette Gregory Dies in Apparent Suicide at Lowell Correctional “Hell Hole” in Ocala Fl, She Hung Herself in Secure “Tango Dorm” Lockdown. From information obtained from a confidential informant, it appears that Bernadette Gregory was subjected to some abuse by male correctional officers before her “apparent suicide”. Bernadette Gregory appears to have gotten into a confrontation with one of the male correctional officers (CO’s) on or about Tuesday 7/21/2009, the CO first attempted to mace Bernadette Gregory when the mace failed to work the CO hit her in the head with his radio.
Bernadette Gregory was then handcuffed and leg shackled and put in a wheel chair to be transported to lockdown, as she was transported across the Lowell Annex yard she was dumped out the wheel chair onto the ground and left to lay in the 90 degree heat. Bernadette Gregory was placed in secure “Tango Dorm” lockdown for her confrontation with the male Lowell CO, while in secure lockdown Bernadette Gregory hung herself. Bernadette Gregory was scheduled for release in 6 months in Jan 2010, she was in prison on a snatch and grab rap with no weapon, why would she hang herself ?
Linda Thomas a former Lowell inmate, described to the Herald seeing a group of corrections officers beating and kicking Gregory in a common area of the prison on the day she died. “They flipped over the wheelchair, and she hit her head. We all saw it happen. The guards tried to block us from seeing what they were doing, but I saw a sergeant beat her in the head with a radio,” — which would have been a separate head-blow from the earlier one alleged in her letter home. About dinnertime, Linda Thomas said, the ambulances arrived. “Right then, we all said they killed that girl. She was in lock-up and half the time they don’t let you have any clothing, blankets and pillows, nothing. How did that woman get a sheet? How did she tie it in knots when she was handcuffed said Linda Thomas?”
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at www.wbipi.com