Mark Inch

State prisons: FL lawmakers intensify calls for low-security inmate releases as death toll hits 75

BY: - August 13, 2020

As COVID-19 spreads through Florida’s state prisons, a group of lawmakers who have visited the prisons said it is increasingly urgent that state leaders release non-violent inmates at elevated risk of being sickened or dying from COVID-19. “Dying of coronavirus is not an appropriate sentence for selling marijuana,” said Rep. Susan Valdés, a Tampa Democrat. […]

Dept. of Corrections proposal to reduce daily work shifts of officers has one problem – most of them oppose it

BY: - October 11, 2019

Update: Circuit Judge Charles Dodson in Tallahassee issued an order Wednesday siding with the corrections officers’ union, finding no legal basis to overturn the arbitration decision that the shift change was subject to collective bargaining. Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mark Inch argues a key to reducing the pathologies afflicting the state’s prison system – […]

“This department is in crisis,” GOP lawmaker says about FL Corrections agency

BY: - September 18, 2019

Facing lawmakers in the Capitol for the first time since inmate beatings by corrections officers sparked headlines, Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mark Inch contended with questions about brutality in Florida’s prison system. “I think it’s a huge problem. I think it’s a humanitarian crisis – what’s going on in our prisons,” Orange County Democratic […]

After brutal inmate beating, protest planned at Ocala prison Saturday

BY: - September 6, 2019

Former inmates and prisoner rights advocates are scheduled to gather on Saturday morning for a rally at Lowell Correctional Institution in Marion County, one of the largest female-only prisons in the country with a history of violence and abuse. The event takes place just days after attorneys representing inmate Cheryl Weimar filed a lawsuit against […]

Federal lawsuit claims inmate suffered “malicious and sadistic” beating, leaving her a quadriplegic

BY: - September 4, 2019

A lawsuit filed against the Florida Department of Corrections and four corrections officers claims the officers attacked inmate Cheryl Weimar last month at Lowell Correctional Institution, causing life-threatening and permanent injuries, including a broken neck. “As a result of this unlawful beating and inmate abuse, Plaintiff Cheryl Weimar will require around-the-clock medical care for the […]

FDLE investigating attack on female inmate at Lowell Correctional

BY: - August 23, 2019

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating a disturbing  incident of abuse involving a corrections officer and an inmate at Lowell Correctional Institution in Marion County, the largest prison for women in the U.S. The Florida Department of Corrections acknowledges that an incident at the facility took place this week, but otherwise is providing […]

“We’re going to get better,” Florida’s new prisons chief vows

BY: - August 14, 2019

The recent reports of abuse in Florida prisons are disturbing. The Department of Corrections fired three guards at Lake Correctional Institute last month after they were captured on a cellphone video brutally attacking a prisoner. Two of the guards were arrested on charges of malicious battery, and the third was arrested on two counts of […]

Three prison guards fired after video shows them brutally beating inmate

BY: - July 25, 2019

The Florida Department of Corrections says that three officers involved in the brutal beating of a prisoner at Lake Correctional Institute –  captured on a cellphone video by a fellow prisoner on July 8 — have been fired and arrested. The video shows a group of corrections officers brutally beating a prisoner at the prison […]

FL Dept. of Corrections says it fired one officer and disciplined others who joked about abusing inmates

BY: - July 25, 2019

The Florida Department of Corrections says it has terminated one employee and disciplined three others who joked about committing violence on inmates at correctional institutions in Florida earlier this year. The officers were being investigated for making offensive comments on Facebook pages while participating in a social meme called the #feelingcute challenge that was revealed […]

Trump and DeSantis

Gov. Ron DeSantis reaching into Trump World to staff his administration

BY: - April 19, 2019

Ron DeSantis won Florida’s governorship by cleaving to President Trump. He’s maintained those ties by attending Trump events, frequently conferring with the White House, and by bringing former Trump insiders to Tallahassee to help staff his administration. To keep us all up to date, here’s a rundown, so far, of Trump administration people who are […]