The woman, whose name is withheld because of the nature of her allegations, names the secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections and Florida Inspector General among those who allegedly failed to provide meaningful and effective policy and procedures for inmates to report abusive behavior.
The plaintiff, a 27-year-old woman, claims she was subject to multiple instances of sexual assault by Troy Saunders, a former male corrections officer, while she was incarcerated at Lowell in December 2005 and again in June 2007. In the complaint, the woman claims she was removed from her cell by the officer and taken to a staff bathroom where she was “assaulted, battered, and sexually molested and abused,” on more than one occasion in December 2005. She alleges she was threatened by Saunders following the assaults, told she would be “punished, locked up and placed in solitary confinement if she mentioned anything to anyone.” The inmate did not file a complaint because she eventually was transferred to a different dorm and knew she would soon be leaving the facility, according to the suit. But she returned to Lowell for a separate matter in June 2007, when she alleges the abuse by Saunders resumed.
“The lack of adequate procedures for reporting incidents by inmates, and the failure to properly investigate and monitor ongoing situations compounded the threat to the inmates,” alleges the lawsuit, filed in Florida’s Middle District Court (Federal). Inmates can file grievances against corrections officers. In October 2007, the woman met with agents from the Inspector General’s Office of the prison after having filed such a formal written complaint against Saunders. She was asked to wear a secret recording device in order to “bait” the corrections officer during his next sexual request.
According to the complaint, she met with Saunders in a private staff bathroom but no inspectors intervened, as they had assured, before the alleged assault took place. Saunders, court records show, later was charged with sexual misconduct with an inmate, a third-degree felony, and served a year in jail after pleading guilty. He is no longer employed at Lowell.
According to an arrest report, Saunders, 41, had been the subject of at least eight other suspected cases of sexual misconduct with female inmates during his employment.Lowell, the oldest state corrections facility for women, houses nearly 3,000 female offenders at all security levels at its main facility and satellite units. The prison employs 619 corrections officers, a little more than half those being women. Chris Sutherland, the warden at Lowell, and a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Corrections declined to comment about the lawsuit, more from this source……….
Male officers are sometimes present during many of the private moments in the lives of women prisoners at Lowell CI, when they dress and undress, take showers, or go to the toilet. Still more of a problem is that in almost all states male guards are permitted to carry out pat-down searches of female inmates, touching women through their clothes, including their breasts and genitals.
Sunday, August 30, 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.” The inmate told investigators that she had sexual intercourse a number of times with Bindley on a blanket in the back of the prison canteen where she worked. Prison inspectors who investigated the case never tested the blanket for DNA evidence. When a reporter asked questions three years later, the prisons department couldn’t account for what happened to the blanket or explain why no one submitted it as evidence
Saturday, July 25, 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 while hand cuffed (like hell she did). LOWELL — “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. Offender Search for the Lowell CI Facility: Browse current population. If Casey Anthony is found guilty in the death of Caylee Anthony and sentenced to death, she will be sentenced to the Lowell Correctional Institution.
Bill Warner private investigator at www.wbipi.com