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Sunday, November 03, 2019

Lowell Prison guard Keith Turner beat female inmate Cheryl Weimar PI Bill Warner told of Lowell Human Rights Violations 10 years ago.

10 years ago on Sunday, August 30, 2009 I wrote, Female Prison Inmates Are Routinely Raped Nationwide article by Private Investigator Bill Warner. "Women in Chains" Ex-Florida prison boss: Drunken orgies tainted system. In Female prisons at least half of the guards are Male, Lowell Correction Institution located in Florida has 1,244 female inmates. TALLAHASSEE, Florida (CNN) --Florida Prison System was in shambles. Softball, drunken orgies and a prison system run like the mafia. That's what Florida's former prison secretary says he inherited when he took over one of the nation's largest prison systems two years ago (2007). 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.
Inmate reports threats by guard, turns up dead | Miami Herald. Oct 7, 2014 - Latandra Ellington had weathered some of Lowell Correctional Institution's harshest and most primitive realities, and was just seven months from freedom when she was beaten to death by a guard goon squad at Lowell Prison. Bill Warner a private investigator based in Sarasota Fl has probed several cases at Lowell Correction Institution located in Ocala, Florida which was the first Florida prison for women. Lowell 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 1,244 female inmates ranging anywhere from youth (14-18) to adults (18+). Allegations of female prisoner abuse at Lowell C.I. needs investigation by the FDLE and FBI.
UPDATE November 3rd, 2019.... Lowell Prison guard Keith Turner beat female inmate Cheryl Weimar PI Bill Warner told of Lowell Human Rights Violations 10 years ago. Keith Turner was subject of prior complaints at Lowell Correctional. A guard at the largest women's prison in Florida who allegedly beat a female inmate so badly in August that she was left paralyzed from the neck down had a history of complaints lodged against him by other inmates who claim he sexually and physically harassed them. Despite the long history of accusations, the Lowell Correctional Institution in Ocala never fired prison guard Keith Turner, who was promoted to lieutenant a few years ago, according to reports by The Miami Herald. Turner and another guard, Ryan Dionne, were identified Friday by Weimar’s attorney in court documents, as Weimar’s lawsuit was amended to include them as defendants. The Florida Department of Correction hasn’t publicly named the four guards accused in the beating.
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Attorneys for Cheryl Weimar filed a criminal complaint against the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) and four unnamed male prison guards, claiming they beat her on Aug. 21 when she told them she was unable to clean a toilet at Lowell because of a pre-existing hip condition. “One or more of the John Doe Defendants slammed Plaintiff Cheryl Weimar to the ground” and “while down, they brutally beat her with blows to her head, neck, and back (with their radios),” it continues. “At least one John Doe Defendant elbowed Plaintiff Cheryl Weimar in the back of her neck, causing her to suffer a broken neck.” Lowell inmate Cheryl Weimar, 51, DOB 8/17/1968, is from Broward County Fl, she has convictions for Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon and Resisting an Officer with Violence.

TAMPA BAY TIMES WRITES.. A federal civil rights lawsuit alleges that in August 2019  four male prison guards at Lowell attacked Cheryl Weimar, a 51-year-old inmate suffering from mental illness who also had a hip condition. As the Miami Herald reported, Weimar complained she was in pain and unable to clean a toilet. The lawsuit says the officers slammed her to the concrete floor and beat her, then dragged her outside where the beating continued outside the range of security cameras. Her lawyer says Weimar’s neck was broken and she is now a quadriplegic hooked to a breathing tube. There is nothing in this description of events that remotely justifies such violent, inhumane treatment.

OCALA, Fla., (WCJB) --- UPDATE: Oct. 17 6:02 p.m. The quadriplegic inmate whose family is suing the Florida Department of Corrections has returned to prison in Marion County. Cheryl Weimar, 51, claimed she became paralyzed after four Lowell Correctional guards beat her in August. Weimar's family subsequently issued a lawsuit against the state's department of corrections. Now Weimar's attorney is filing a motion to have her transferred back to a long-term care facility, so Cheryl Weimar can receive adequate care, the attorney said. Cheryl Weimar is currently being held at Florida Women's Reception Center.
The Florida Women's Reception Center at 3700 NW 111th Place Ocala, Florida where quadriplegic inmate Cheryl Weimar is being held is part of the Lowell Correctional complex at 11120 NW Gainesville Rd Ocala, Florida, see road connecting the two locations on the map above. Who will be protecting Cheryl Weimar from the guards at the Women's Reception Center who have pals under criminal investigation across the street at Lowell Correctional. "Dead witnesses tell no tales in Court".

This current violent over the top beating of Cheryl Weimar at Lowell by male prison guards and the involvement of a FDLE investigation comes on the heels of the Federal Department of Justice and the FBI investigation of federal civil rights violations at the same prison, Lowell Correctional. In April 2018 the Department of Justice launched a federal civil rights probe into allegations of rampant sexual misconduct by correctional officers and horrific conditions inside a Florida women’s prison. As a first step in addressing similar issues reported at Lowell Correctional Institute (LCI), in April 2018 the DOJ sent a letter announcing its investigation to then Florida Governor Rick Scott, then Attorney General Pam Bondi and Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) Secretary Julie Jones.

Three months later in July 2018, the DOJ subpoenaed records ranging from policy and training manuals to a list of Lowell Correctional Institute (LCI) employees who were terminated, transferred, suspended or had resigned as of July 2015, when the Miami Herald published its investigative report titled “Beyond Punishment.” Former LCI prisoner Rachel Kalfin, released in 2017, testified that she was held in isolation for 165 days after reporting a sexual assault by a guard. She filed a complaint, which was dismissed. In an August 16, 2018 Miami Herald article, former LCI prisoner Luana Santos said she was placed in solitary after being sexually harassed by assistant warden Marty Martinez. The newspaper reported that four lawsuits filed by LCI prisoners had been settled by the FDOC for almost $200,000. Martinez was fired in 2015 but did not face criminal charges. At the time, FDOC Secretary Julie Jones admitted that LCI was “poorly managed.”
TAMPA BAY TIMES WROTE IN DECEMBER 2015: In a statement, Julie Jones, secretary for the Department of Corrections, acknowledged that prior to her taking over the department in January 2015, Lowell was "poorly managed'' and lacked proper leadership. She replaced the warden, fired an assistant warden and hired more than 100 new officers. In recent months, she has made policy changes and says that officers are now being held accountable. The new warden, Angela Gordon, and other FDC officials contend that the alleged abuse — physical, mental and sexual — is not as widespread as inmates suggest. Prisoners, they say, tend to lie and manipulate to get officers in trouble or to get something they want, guess not Angela Gordon take a look at what happened to Cheryl Weimar this year. Angela Gordon was the Warden at Lowell Correctional in Ocala in 2015 and 2016, she is now the Regional Director for Region 1 in North West Fl, for about 40 prisons in the Panhandle.

In November 2016, when Angela Gordon was the Warden at Lowell Correctional for women, the US Department of Justice did an inspection of the prison. One glaring outcome of the inspection was the fact that Lowell did not meet the standards for Post-Allegation of Sexual Abuse Protective Custody. There were 111 female inmates who alleged to have suffered sexual abuse and were held in involuntary segregated housing for longer that 30 days while waiting alternative and safe housing. There were two cases were the facility had concerns for the female inmates safety. Lowell Correctional did not provide programs, visits from family or friends, phone calls, mail, outdoor exercise or work programs for the inmates who alleged sexual abuse while being held in involuntary segregated housing for 30 days. In other words complain about sexual abuse at Lowell Correctional and you get sent to lockdown for 30 days!
My 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.''  
The Lowell 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. LOWELL — “A 42-year-old inmate at a state prison for women died last week in an apparent suicide.
MIAMI HERALD October 7, 2014. Lowell Women's Prison Inmate reports threats by guard, turns up dead. By Julie K. Brown and Mary Ellen Klas. Bill Warner, a private investigator who has probed several cases at Lowell, said in the Miami Herald interview that 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, private investigator Bill Warner said in the Miami Herald interview.  “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,’’ private investigator Bill Warner said in the Miami Herald interview. From information obtained from former Lowell prison inmate Linda Thomason she indicates that there was a constant threat of abuse from the male CO's. Linda Thomason was released from Lowell in October 2009 to Sarasota Fl after serving 2 years on a drug conviction.
In 2009 Lowell inmate 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, she was later found dead in her cell. 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. 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”. Linda Thomason, 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 Thomason said, the ambulances arrived. "Right then, we all said they killed that girl. She was in lockup 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?" Captain Greer had beaten her and bashed her over the head with his radio. "I will not sleep on this. I will follow through to the end and press charges," Bernadette Gregory wrote in her complaint, dated July 18, 2009, she was dead a few days later. She also complained that officers had falsified disciplinary reports as a means to place her in solitary confinement for more than 96 days.

FRIDAY AUGUST 21st & SATURDAY AUGUST 22nd 2009, CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS EACH NIGHT ENTERED G DORM AND F DORM AT LOWELL C.I. AND CONDUCTED RAIDS. FROM INFORMATION AND WITNESSES TO F DORMS RAID APPROX. 18 OFFICERS AND SGTS. ENTERED F DORM AT APPROX. 12:00 MIDNIGHT. THEY WOKE THE INMATES AND THEN PROCEEDED TO TEAR UP THE DORM. IN SO DOING THEY POURED BLEACH ALL OVER THE INMATES BELONGINGS TO INCLUDE PAPERS, PHOTOS AND PERSONAL CLOTHING WHICH THEIR FAMILIES HAD PURCHASED. PHOTOS AND LEGAL DOCUMENTS BELONGING TO THE INMATES WERE TORN UP AND THROWN ABOUT.
THE LOWELL C.I. GUARDS SPIT CHEWING TOBACCO ON BEDDING AND CLOTHING, OPENED KETCHUP AND MUSTARD PACKS BELONGING TO THE INMATES AND SQUIRTED IT ALL OVER. THEY THREW THE INMATES CANTEEN PRODUCTS ALL OVER AND BROKE RADIOS. TALLAHASSEE SENT SOME ONE DOWN AND THEY SPOKE TO THE INMATES, TELLING THEM THEY WERE SORRY AND WILL REPLACE THE ITEMS, BROKEN, STOLEN OR DESTROYED. RUMOR HAS IT THAT 5 OFFICERS WERE SUSPENDED WITHOUT PAY. RUMOR HAS IT THAT 5 OFFICERS HAVE ALSO BEEN ESCORTED OF THE FACILITY GROUNDS AT LOWELL C.I..
8/28/09: Visitation Cancellations Lowell CI: August 29 – 30, 2009. Visitation is Cancelled for certain inmates at Lowell Correctional Institution, August 29 and 30, 2009. Visitation has been cancelled for some dormitories at Lowell Correctional in Ocala. Visitation is cancelled for inmates in C and U dormitories. Please call the institution for more information, 352-401-5301. In prison, rape is any sexual contact between inmates and correctional officers. As with girls under a certain age, consent for women in prison is meaningless. If a woman does not have her freedom, how can she consent to a sexual act with a man who has control over her? Sex between an inmate and a correctional officer can never be consensual.
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Tuesday, October 07, 2014 Lowell Prison Inmate Latandra Ellington Reports Threats by Guard and Turns Up Dead, PI Bill Warner Says Female Inmates are Sexually Abused by Male CO's. Lowell Prison Inmate Latandra Ellington was no angel, she had priors including bar fights, see info below, but she sure did not deserve to be beaten to death by a guard goon squad at Lowell Prison. Insiders tell me that guards (CO’s) would put bars of soap (or padlocks) in a white knee sock, tie a knot in it, and use to beat female inmates in the stomach and kidney areas, just like a scene out of the movie FULL METAL JACKET, the ‘Blanket Party’. Latandra Ellington’s cause of death appears to be blunt-force trauma to her abdomen consistent with being punched and kicked in the stomach or a ‘blanket party’.
MIAMI HERALD…..Latandra Ellington had weathered some of Lowell Correctional Institution’s harshest and most primitive realities, and was just seven months shy of freedom — and being reunited with her four young children. But on Sept. 21, Ellington wrote a chilling letter to her aunt telling her she feared she wouldn’t make it out alive. One of the officers at the prison — she identified him as “Sgt. Q” — had threatened to beat and kill her, she wrote. “He was gone [sic] beat me to death and mess me like a dog,’’ she wrote. “He was all in my face Sqt. Q then he grab his radio and said he was gone bust me in my head with it…’’Ten days later, on Oct. 1, Ellington, 36, was dead. Corrections officials said Ellington, who had been serving 22 months for grand theft, was in confinement — separated from the general population — at the time of her death because the agency had taken her family’s concerns about the alleged threats “seriously.’’
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed that it was called to the scene of her death and is investigating. “She was not sentenced to the death sentence and the Department of Corrections certainly owed her far greater protection.’’ Lowell, based in Ocala, was built in 1956, and houses young, elderly and infirm female inmates, from minor drug offenders to the six women currently on Florida’s Death Row. Department of Corrections records show only one male sergeant at the prison whose name begins with a Q: 50-year-old Patrick Quercioli. His Facebook page shows him flexing his tattooed and heavily muscled arms. The 6-foot-2 sergeant has an arrest record, according to FDLE, for misdemeanor fraud in 1986 and possession of steroids in 1994.
Bill Warner, a private investigator who has probed several cases at Lowell, said in the Miami Herald interview 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 in the Miami Herald interview.

Deanna Howard (L), Chanel Crawford (M), Latandra Ellington (R) – (Previous Mugshots) Female Bar Room Brawl Spills Out Of Decosey’s Bar, Tuesday, August 2, 2011 Lake Wales, Florida – In the wee hours of August 1st 2011, Lake Wales Police were called out to Decosey’s Bar on Park Ave because of fight that had broken out inside the bar. According to reports an affray (fight between two or more people) occurred inside the bar and continued outside. Police deployed pepper balls to disburse the group and four individuals were arrested. Those arrested were Chanel Crawford, Deanna Howard, Latandra Ellington and Michelle Howard.
I (Bill Warner) have written before on the “Hell Hole” this woman’s prison at Lowell Correctional has become, see Women in Chains” Ex-Florida prison boss: Drunken orgies tainted system, Female Inmates Sexually Abused at Lowell CI in Ocala Fl, In Texas Jailers Charged with Inmate Sex.Deficient medical care for the inmates, constant abuse by the CO’s (a lot of them are males), strip search’s in public areas of the prison, rampant drug use smuggled in by CO’s used as barter for sex, all of the dorms are concrete and metal buildings with no air conditioning and frequent plumbing problems with toilets backing up, try that with a 106 heat index day During July in Florida.

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?
1). Women are more likely to be raped by employees of the prison, while men are more likely to be raped by other inmates. For women who have been raped in prison, it is nearly impossible to see justice from the criminal justice system. Women in prison also have other grave concerns. Sixty-five percent of women in state prisons have young children at home. Depriving women in prison from seeing their children when they come to visit is one of the many ways a guard can coerce women into a sexual act. Fewer women in prison have a criminal history as compared to men. For many, incarceration for the first time is a particularly terrifying experience, even more so if a woman is raped while incarcerated. 
2). Women’s prisons are places where men, often white men, exert power and control over poor women, often women of color. One of the more terrifying aspects of rape in prison is that the victims "cannot escape their abuser." Everywhere a woman who has been raped in prison goes, the officer who raped her has access to her. This contact also serves to reinforce the fear of retaliation if the woman reports the rape, in most cases nothing is ever done to the guards and even if the case did come before a criminal court the guards get off with much lighter sentences.
3). Guard who raped woman inmate gets a year in prison, George Sims, 28, of Maple Heights Cleveland OH, was sentenced Monday to a year in prison for raping a woman inmate April 28 at the Warrensville Heights Jail, where he was a guard, normal prison time for forced rape is 10 to 15 years in prison. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Eileen T. Gallagher also sentenced him to five years of probation. He was classified a sexual offender who must register his address and place of employment with a sheriff's office every 90 days for life. He pleaded guilty to sexual battery and faced a maximum of 5 years in prison. The woman has sued Sims and the city in civil court.
4). Prison Rapes 'Routine'. Female inmates are routinely raped and sexually abused by guards in New York's state prisons—and two women have become pregnant, according to a lawsuit to be filed today in Manhattan Federal Court. In the court papers, the Legal Aid Society names 15 women—many of them originally from New York City—who charge they were sexually abused by 10 correction officers. Three of the guards allegedly abused more than one woman at upstate prisons such as Albion, Taconic and Bedford Hills. Many of the officers are still employed in the prisons, the suit contends.
5). The suit also charges that the women suffer retaliation from prison staff for reporting allegations of sexual abuse. The suit, filed against the state Correctional Services Department, accuses the department of turning "a blind eye to the abuser and coerced prostitution of prisoners under their care." It claims the agency's investigation of sexual misconduct is "grossly inadequate" and allows "sexual misconduct to continue virtually unabated." Allegations of female prisoner abuse at Lowell C.I. needs investigation by the FDLE and FBI.



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