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NEW HEAD OF PRISONS TO RESTORE ETHICS CODE - February 20, 2006 - Col. Jim McDonough has led troops into battle in the Balkans, and waged war on drugs for Florida and the nation.  Now McDonough, named just over a week ago to take over as secretary of the beleaguered Department of Corrections, has to restore confidence in a state prison system shaken by allegations of cronyism and illegal behavior at the top levels.

 
FORMER PRISON OFFICER INVOLVED IN STEROID DISTRIBUTION MAKES DEAL - November 17, 2005 - TALLAHASSEE - A man at the center of an alleged steroids-distribution ring involving former state Department of Corrections officers has reached a plea agreement and will cooperate with investigators.

 
UPDATE ON THE PROBE OF FLORIDA PRISONS - October 22, 2005 - Florida prison guards facing jail time.  Inmates aren't the only ones in Florida prisons with a history of crime.

 
DAMAGE CONTROL - October 16, 2005 - The FDOC is currently being investigated by the FBI and FDLE for steroid abuse among guards, inmate labor on private projects, pilfering large amounts from the recycling fund, and hiring people who get paid for not working, just playing ball. And you, fellow citizens, voters, taxpayers, are as usual, swallowing the losses.

 
SHAKING THE WALLS OF THE FDOC - October 10, 2005 - Allen W. Clark and James V. Crosby have done a great disservice to the Florida Department of 'Corrections' and to all who try to work this difficult job in a professional manner.  Information has been collected on both men in an attempt to make the Florida Department of 'Corrections' a safer place for everyone.

 
AC CLARK BUSTED! - September 9, 2005 - Several FBI agents came in late yesterday afternoon, flipped out their badges and proclaimed that they were here to "get" Clark, Frye and Bowen.  It has been verified that Allen Clark had submitted his resignation last Thursday with an effective date of Sept. 15th. Apalachee CI Warden Al Solomon has been made acting Region 1 director until further notice. I'll let you know more when I hear it."

 
HEARINGS BEGIN ON JAIL VIOLENCE - April 20, 2005 - Alarmed by the growing violence and abuse accompanying America's prison population boom, a private panel Tuesday opened a series of national hearings to explore why the corrections system is broken and how it can be fixed. The Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons heard testimony, sometimes graphic, from former prisoners and jailers, detailing horrors taking place behind bars. Federal statistics show that more than 2.2 million men and women are currently incarcerated, four times the number in 1980.  That growth prompted the panel to declare that all Americans are hurt by rapes, systemic degradation, attacks on guards and beatings of inmates.  "When a prison environment becomes dangerous or abusive, everyone in society suffers," said Nicholas de B. Katzenbach, a commission co-chairman and a U.S. attorney general under Lyndon Johnson.

 
Former warden recounts abuses in Florida prisons - April 20, 2005 -  "Goon squads" of guards roam Florida's prisons, beat up inmates and enforce vigilante justice while the top brass turns a blind eye, a former state Department of Corrections warden told a commission on Tuesday. And many others among 2.2-million incarcerated Americans suffer such abuses as rape, unneeded strip-searches and inadequate medical care, members of the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons were told Tuesday in Tampa. This slew of abuse "doesn't fit with the core values of our democratic society and therefore, should trouble all Americans," said commission co-chairman John J. Gibbons, former chief judge of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

 
COMMISSION HEARS EVIDENCE OF U.S. PRISON BRUTALITY - April 19, 2005 -  A new independent commission on abuse within the U.S. prison system heard on Tuesday that guards used electronic stun guns, rubber bullets and pepper spray as ways of abusing rather than controlling prisoners in the world's largest penal system.  Former corrections officer Steve Martin, an expert on the use of force in prisons, said that use of physical force against inmates was a daily event in U.S. prisons, with guards resorting to so-called "nonlethal" weapons as a form of punishment.  "All too often in American corrections, such weaponry is used as a first strike response before other, less painful and injurious tactics are exhausted,"Martin said in written testimony submitted to the commission.  He said he had personal knowledge of 20 inmates who died as a result of the use of force.  "It is difficult to know how often this happens in American corrections as there is no central
repository for specific reporting on such deaths," Martin said. 

 
NATIONAL COMMISSION OPENS HEARINGS ON PRISON VIOLENCE, ABUSE - April 19, 2005 - Alarmed by the growing violence and abuse accompanying America's prison population boom, a private panel Tuesday opened a series of national hearings aimed at exploring why the corrections system is broken and how it can be fixed. The Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons heard testimony, sometimes graphic, from former prisoners and jailers, detailing horrors taking place behind bars. Federal statistics show that more than 2.2 million men and women are currently incarcerated, quadruple the number in 1980. That growth prompted the panel to declare that all Americans are hurt by rapes, systemic degradation, attacks on guards and beatings of inmates. "When a prison environment becomes dangerous or abusive, everyone in society suffers," said Nicholas de B. Katzenbach, a commission co-chairman and a U.S. attorney general under Lyndon Johnson.

 
Florida Prisons Head To Stand Trial In Wrongful Death Lawsuit - April 2, 2005 - The head of Florida's prisons will stand trial in civil court for wrongful death allegations brought by the family of an inmate who died after a confrontation with guards.  Corrections Secretary James Crosby, and the guards accused of fatally beating Frank Valdes on death row at Florida State Prison in Starke, have been sued Valdes' family and face a civil trial in Jacksonville. The guards were acquitted in 2002 of murdering Vldes. Many of the guards have said they will use their Fifth Amendment rights to not testify in the civil trial because of an ongoing Justice Department investigation. 

 
PRISON OFFICERS FACE CHARGES IN STEROID RING - March 2, 2005 -  Two prison officers and two former officers at North Florida prisons face federal charges for distribution of steroids, court records show.  The Florida Department of Corrections placed Sgt. Oscar Shipley, 41, and Officer Michael Chambliss, 36, on administrative leave with pay after the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida announced their arrests Monday

 
Lawyers need to zap Bush's power trip - December 12, 2004 - Dante once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality. - JOHN F. KENNEDY

 
6 JOBS LOST FOR INMATE'S INDIGNITY - October 7, 2004 - Officials say a female inmate was kept naked at Zephyrhills Correctional Institution for several days. The warden resigns.

 
116 DEATH ROW INMATES CLEARED OVER 28 YEARS MOST IN FLORIDA - September 18, 2004 - "One hundred and sixteen people have been freed from death row after being cleared of their charges, including 16 people in the past 20 months," the report said.  "These inmates cumulatively spent over 1,000 years awaiting their freedom," the report said. "The pace of exonerations has sharply increased, raising doubts about the reliability of the whole system."

 
FLORIDA CRITICIZED OVER NEW $4 MONTHLY FEE ON INMATE ACCOUNTS - August 2, 2004 - Prisoner rights advocates are criticizing the state for its new $4 monthly fee on inmates' spending accounts - a fee that is charged even if a prisoner has no money.

 
PAROLE COMMISSIONER GOES TO PRISON - May 12, 2004 - Jim Henry was charged with 46 counts of grand theft, a third-degree felony, 42 counts of misdemeanor petty theft and 21 counts of filing false or fraudulent travel claims, a second-degree misdemeanor, records show.

 
FRANK LEE SMITH - Death Row Florida - July 12, 2003 - Policing prosecutors.  Man on death row found innocent only after he died of cancer while on death row.

 
DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP - Ohio's Operation Mad Pad - Operation Wipeout Texas Style - Florida's Operation Wipeout (concluded) -  March 29, 2003 - U.S. has 5 percent of the world's population - but 25 percent of the world's prison population.  We must think ahead to see where this is all leading and the tremendous burden that three million or so dirty, diseased, and neglected prisoners will be on us later...

 
MINISTER/ACTIVIST ADVOCATES FOR JUVENILE JUSTICE - March 16, 2003 - Face to Face: a conversation with Reverend Thomas Masters. Reverend Thomas Masters, founder and president of Under Our Wings, is pictured inside his Riveria Beach Church.

 
ORLANDO SENTINAL MARCH - March 15, 2003 - I read this article with great agitation and frustration.  Contrary to the flattering byline, James Crosby is not showing true 'grit', he is showing pure ignorance - again.  This is the same old flexing of the muscles and mouth (versus exercising common sense) that is constantly and consistently demonstrated by the Florida prison administrators.

 
Amos King Innocence - February 23, 2003 - The real story about the prosecutor starwitness James "Dan" McDonough and why Amos King dies innocent.

 
Mother and Children; Victims of Homeland Security - February 18, 2003 - You might not like to know about these victims of terrorism, or who the terrorists are. There is a new breed of SS soldiers fomenting in the Land of the Free.

 
Save Amos King - February 22, 2003 - The Last Things, by David Seth Michaels, Attorney at Law

 
There is Reason for Doubt in the Case Against Amos King - February 22, 2003 - Press Release from Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (FADP).

 
Orange County Jail Ends Religious Rewards Program - February 6, 2003 - ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orange County's jail discontinued a practice of rewarding inmates with time off their sentences for attending religious services, in part because a Muslim inmate and a national Islamic advocacy group complained the policy was discriminatory. 

 
Five Florida Prison Infirmaries Closed by State Action - February 2, 2003 - Pressure from state health regulators forced the state Corrections Department to close five prison infirmaries because it didn't have adequate nursing staff. The move affected 38 inmates at Allendale, Turbeville, Lieber Correctional Institution in Dorchester County, Evans Correctional Institution in Marlboro County, and Camille Griffin Graham Correctional Institution in Columbia, forcing Corrections to scramble for bed space for the inmates.

 
Corruption trial begins for 11 Miami officers as city gets new police chief - January 6, 2003 - Jury selection began Monday in the federal trial of 11 Miami police officers accused of planting guns or otherwise trying to cover up five questionable shootings that left three black men dead.

 
Zealous grilling by police tainted 38 murder cases - December 22, 2002
At least 38 false or questionable murder confessions have been thrown out by
Broward County courts, rejected by juries or abandoned by police or prosecutors since 1990, The Herald has found.

 
Bottoson executed - December 9, 2002 - Linroy Bottoson, an inmate who believed he was  locked in a battle between Satan and Jesus Christ, was executed Monday for the kidnapping, robbery and slaying of the Eatonville postmistress 23 years ago.

 
Justice Leander J. Shaw, Jr., - FLORIDA SUPREME COURT RETIRES - November 8, 2002 - In this ceremonial session, the Court will honor Justice Shaw for more than 20 years of service as a Judge of the First District Court of Appeal from 1979 to 1983, and as a Justice from 1983 until his retirement in January 2003.

 
Others step forward with jail criticism - 02/19/02
Allegations that Bay County Jail guards mocked an ill DUI suspect.

 
State rate of flawed death sentences criticized - February 11, 2002

 
Appeal imperils Florida death penalty - February 7, 2002 - An Arizona death penalty case could have profound ramifications for 9 states -- including Florida, with its 372 death row inmates -- and might lead to major changes in how sentences in 1st-degree murder trials are meted out.

 
Florida legislators should change the jury's role - February 7, 2002. Jury as decisonmaker Florida legislators should change the jury's role from adviser to decisionmaker in sentencing a defendant to death, which would help to relieve the appellate system.

 
Death penalty opponents are launching a new campaign to make it more difficult -- and more costly -- for prison officials to carry out lethal injection executions. - December 28, 2001

 
A case for cleaning up our prisons - October 11, 2001 - The beating death of Frank Valdes, a death-row inmate at Florida State Prison, allegedly at the hands of the men who were there to guard him, raises deeply troubling questions about the state's continued tolerance of brutality at its prisons.

 
Michael Moore on St. Petersburg Times Editorial Page - May 18, 2001 - Michael Moore responds to the editorial page and Patrick Crusade members Kay Lee and Sherry Swiney comment on Mr. Moore's ...

 
Holland & Knight pro bono team grapples with  Florida's cutoff of PCs and typewriters for  71,000 prisoners

 
Valdes Trial - Day One

 
Frank Valdes was murdered by prison guards. - There was a trial.  See the evidence yourself.

 
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