Miami Herald: 57 Deaths at Lowell Prison Over Past 10 Years Listed as ‘Natural’ With Only One Disputed Suicide When Inmate Bernadette Gregory Hanged Herself While Handcuffed WTH?
Sunday, December 20, 2015
BEYOND PUNISHMENT OCALA …Miami Herald, Sunday December 20th 2015, Yvonne McBride was a physically healthy 26-year-old woman when she entered Lowell Correctional Institution for women June 20, 2013. The Florida Department of Corrections noted in its exam of McBride that, other than a bout of constipation and a history of depression, she was in good health. She had no fever, no cough, no chest pain or breathing problems. Her lungs and chest were clear, her heart was normal, her FDC medical records show. But a month and four days later, McBride was dead. Of the 57 deaths at Lowell over the past decade, only one — a disputed suicide in which inmate Bernadette Gregory allegedly hanged herself while handcuffed — has been categorized as anything other than “natural.” Ten recent deaths remain under review.
See my original expose article about murder at Lowell prison published six years ago, Sunday, July 26, 2009 Handcuffed Inmate Bernadette Gregory Dies Apparent Suicide Lowell Correctional “Hell Hole” in Ocala Fl She Hung Herself in Secure Tango Dorm Lockdown. LOWELL PRISON OCALA — “A 42-year-old inmate at a state prison for women died last week in an apparent suicide. The Lowell Annex, part of the larger Lowell Correctional Institution, is north of Ocala. Bernadette Gregory was serving a 14-month sentence at the annex for robbery, according to records from the Department of Corrections and the Marion County court clerk. Gregory died on Wednesday, 7/22/2009. Authorities are investigating, and the official cause of death has not yet been determined, but DOC spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said suicide is suspected, YEAH RIGHT.
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.
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 confidential informant and former Lowell Prison inmate Linda T. Thomas, 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 handcuffed with her hands behind her back 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 Miami 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 dinner time, 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?” So what really happened to Bernadette Gregory in 2009 and what kind of “investigation” will take place, so far in 2015 there has been none.
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