ACTION ALERT: SUPPORT SB 792, Lowell Correctional Institution Body Cameras Pilot Program, please Contact Senator Pizzo TODAY/ASAP to schedule this bill.
Conditions at Lowell Correctional Institution (Ocala), the largest women's prison in the country, are criminal -
We need you to SUPPORT SB 792 (Taddeo) Lowell Correctional Institution Body Cameras Pilot Program by contacting Democratic Senator Jason Pizzo, Chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, and urge him to hear this bill in his committee as soon as possible.
Here are some talking points regarding the need for this bill:
-In December 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division and Florida federal prosecutors filed a 34-page report, determining that women inmates suffered more than a decade of repeated and normalized sexual abuse, including rape, at the Lowell Correctional Institution, the largest women's prison in the country. -In the 2-year investigation, prison workers, including supervisory personnel, were implicated in these heinous acts, which were found to continue to the present day. -The investigators also found patterns of retaliations, including confinement and withholding of basic necessities, if women reported their abuse. -Worst of all, the Florida Department of Corrections has been aware of these reports since 2006 and has looked the other way.
-This bill, which also has a companion in the House, HB 693 (Hinson), is a 3-year pilot program that would require each correctional officer wear a body camera while acting within the scope of his or her official duties. -The bill would require that audio and video data recorded by such cameras be maintained by Lowell Correctional Institution in accordance with public records laws, and that it submit annual reports regarding the operation of the program to the Governor and State Legislature leaders.
Please contact Senator Pizzo today to schedule this bill in the Criminal Justice Committee. Senator Pizzo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (850) 487-5038. The women at Lowell Correctional Institution need protection now.
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