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Florida - More Guards Fired at Hendry Prison For Threats

There are 644 comments on the First Coast News Jacksonville story from Mar 31, 2007, titled Florida - More Guards Fired at Hendry Prison For Threats. In it, First Coast News Jacksonville reports that:

By BRENT KALLESTAD Associated Press Writer TALLAHASSEE, FL -- Five more officials from the Hendry Correctional Institution at Immokalee near the Florida Everglades were fired Friday and three more, including a ...

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Morgan

Big Clifty, KY

#21 Sep 3, 2007
X Hendry Sgt wrote:
I am a former Sergeant at Hendry C.I. and allthough in no way do I condone the illegal activity or serious allegations that took place under the tenure of Col. W. Avent.However, I do believe that many of the accusations that were printed in the press were false. As an officer it is our duty to report any accusation of abuse commited by another inmate or staff person. Along with the 4 Sergeants that were dismissed and brought up on charges, there were a number of dedicated individuals that got pulled into this storm and lost their careers from it. Major Sullivan and LT. Morgan were commended many times over for their dedicated service and I WAS PROUD to serve as a Correctional Officer under their supervision. Once they were wrongly dismissed the decision was made to then immediately get rid of every Shift OIC, without warning or explanation to staff the higher ups decided to remove the only sense of comfort and stability we had. Over the past 6 months the administration at Hendry has made it a VERY dangerous place to work due to making a large percentage of their certified, experienced officers either forcibly resign out of fear of loosing their careers, or terminating them for no apparent reason. The recent arrests of 2 newly hired officers for attempting to bring drugs onto the compound is a prime example of the character of individuals that are being hired to replace trust worthy officers who were simply run off due to personality conflicts. I was lucky to excape Hendry without loosing my career, others were not so lucky.
Thank you X Hendry Sergeant for your comments on myself and Major Sullivan. With the Major serving the department for 18 years and me 15 years with 'spotless' records to be fired for having a beer with someone while off duty and out of uniform is outrageous. Actually the Major didn't even have a beer so he was fired for the 'just being there factor." I have since fought the 'state' and been rehired due to the false allegations made against me. I served the public well during my employment and have been proud of my job and have protected the public from people that have been sentenced for their crimes against an unsuspecting public. The one thing I am most proud of is the fact of 'protecting the public' I will always strive to ensure that the public can sleep safe at night while criminals that are incarcerated are kept in seclusion. The public will find out the truth behind all the 'news articles' released by the state as each case is dropped due to the allegations being unfounded and in some cased just outright untrue. Your comments give me courage to keep my head up, to strive forward and to keep doing a job that I love. 98% of the public would not even consider working in the environment that we work in. A job were you have the worst of society: murders, rapist and child molesters by the hundreds surrounding you within inches.
Daniel Sullivan

AOL

#22 Sep 4, 2007
All you people who want to complain about your so called loved ones make me sick. You need to get a life along with your so called loved ones. Why dont you list there comitted crime in your story. I worked the Department of Corrections for several years. I have seen your so called loved ones sit on the phone and talk there love to you, beg you for money. Then after they hang up with you they call there other trick (so called other woman) and do the same. They beg there families for money week after week, but yet they are buying drugs from the scum inside the prison. I have always seen when inmates tell there stories of abuse to there families, that the story is always told in the advantage of the inmate. I have talked to inmates who have left Hendry since the firings of the last administration at Hendry and they all tell me that they are glad they are out of Hendry because the inmates are running wild in and selling drugs like crazy.
Daniel Sullivan

AOL

#23 Sep 4, 2007
I would like to know what Mr. McDonough's promotional policy is based on. A Assistant Warden who has been mentioned to be promoted to Warden who is a known steroid user, has had domestic violence covered up, has been in a fight in Gainesville with a Law Enforcement Officer, but yet he can be promoted because he is an informant.(After I sent this to Tallahasse, they asked me who was the Assistant Warden. I told them to ask Mr. McDonough he seems to be the one with all the information and that he is the one that promoted him.) The Sergeant that reported an alleged inmate abuse incident was promoted to Major skipping two ranks. The Sergeant done his job no different than anyone else working in the Department of Corrections, but yet he was promoted and under qualified. This promoted Sergeant to Major has had abuse allegations made against him, but they were covered up because it would look bad on the Department for someone who was promoted by Secretary McDonough. The list goes on and on with Secretary McDonough's promotions. He claims that he is cleaning up the Department of Corrections. He is only making a political name for himself, from wrong reasons not the right reasons. It will be a rejoiceful day when the public hears about how the department is really ran. Wrongful promotions/Demotions/Terminati ons. How the prisons are ran understaffed and ran by staff who are not even certified but yet working level one positions, which is creating a dangerous environment for staff and inmates.It is very stressful when staff are forced day after day to work extended workdays,(Overtime), due to staff shortage and they are forced to take off to avoid overtime which creates a revolving door of staff working becoming tired and stressed out. The staff are never adjusted off for time and half. Such working conditions have caused the life of Darla Lathrum, and now the conditions are worse. I hear now that they have taken the weights off the prison compound away from inmates. The weights is like a program for inmates it gives them something to do to relieve stress. I truly hope that they get this man out of Tallahassee before someone gets hurt or killed. The list goes on and on. How are you running your prisons Mr. McDonough? from what I can see and hear not very well. When an Officer ends up getting killed, you need to do the time for it.
Daniel Sullivan

AOL

#24 Sep 4, 2007
Anonomous wrote:
I would like to express my appreciation for the people that were fired from Hendry Correctional if they were crooked, I know alot about Hendry, I worked there for five years and saw the corruption first hand. I witnessed several inmates being wet with toilet water, inmates being handcuffed for reasons not covered in the regulations, and inmate property being destroyed for saying they were not the ones that threw paper in the middle of the dorm floor.
I would like to know what years you worked there...
Daniel Sullivan

AOL

#25 Sep 4, 2007
walton420 wrote:
GUM SHOE GUARDS ARE GUILTY OF THE MOST INHUMANE TREATMENT TO INMATES. I LIVE JUST OUTSIDE OF THE IRON TRIANGLE, HAVE WITNESSED THE ATROCOTIES FIRST HAND. ITS OVER NOW BUT THE MEMORIES LAST FOREVER, GOD WILL JUDGE THE MEN ACCORDINGLY. DO NOT TURN A BLIND EYE TO THE BRUTALITY TAKING PLACE IN OUR GREAT STATE OF FLA.
You sound like a inmate who was in prison, what was your crime. I am curious.
Daniel Sullivan

Gainesville, FL

#26 Sep 5, 2007
X Hendry Sgt wrote:
<quoted text>
Major Sullivan I want to thank you for everything i learged under your supervision. It was a shame that the certain individuals saw fit to discard you evnthough they watched your career blossom and saw you promote very quickly through the system due to your tireless dedication. Had it not been for the work you did leading up to the last audit Hendry would not have passed with flying colors as it did. I would be proud to go into battle with a leader like yourself and hope that in time you will be vindicated and get another opportunity to show the reason why you made it to the rank of Major in such a short time...
Thank you. I hope your Career blossums, and I hope you make a very smart decision, GO TO THE COUNTY, your options to make more money, without all the BS is Greater and Better. Good Luck.
X Major Sullivan
X Hendry Sgt

AOL

#27 Sep 6, 2007
Marco wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm applying for Hendry should I not?
Please Reply to: [email protected]
I think a position within the department of corrections is a great opportunity. Hendry is a good place to begin a career because there is a lot of opportunity for adavancement due to turnover.
X Hendry Sgt

AOL

#28 Sep 6, 2007
Morgan wrote:
<quoted text>
Thank you X Hendry Sergeant for your comments on myself and Major Sullivan. With the Major serving the department for 18 years and me 15 years with 'spotless' records to be fired for having a beer with someone while off duty and out of uniform is outrageous. Actually the Major didn't even have a beer so he was fired for the 'just being there factor." I have since fought the 'state' and been rehired due to the false allegations made against me. I served the public well during my employment and have been proud of my job and have protected the public from people that have been sentenced for their crimes against an unsuspecting public. The one thing I am most proud of is the fact of 'protecting the public' I will always strive to ensure that the public can sleep safe at night while criminals that are incarcerated are kept in seclusion. The public will find out the truth behind all the 'news articles' released by the state as each case is dropped due to the allegations being unfounded and in some cased just outright untrue. Your comments give me courage to keep my head up, to strive forward and to keep doing a job that I love. 98% of the public would not even consider working in the environment that we work in. A job were you have the worst of society: murders, rapist and child molesters by the hundreds surrounding you within inches.
LT. I am glad that you are getting the opportunity to finish off the last few years and collect your retirement you so deserve. I always admired how you had a business like professional approach when dealing with inmates but at the same time was so easy to talk to...( I miss the conversations we had while you were assigned as the midnight relief Capt. post. Like you used to tell me "Everyone's got a lil Capt. in them." Id love to keep in touch with ya. I just dont want any backlash because of my critical comments about the situation at Hendry. If you can post an email address so i can email you.
X Hendry Sgt

AOL

#29 Sep 6, 2007
Daniel Sullivan wrote:
<quoted text>
Thank you. I hope your Career blossums, and I hope you make a very smart decision, GO TO THE COUNTY, your options to make more money, without all the BS is Greater and Better. Good Luck.
X Major Sullivan
Thanks for the advice Major. I have placed an application with 4 local counties. We will see how it goes.
X Hendry Sgt

AOL

#30 Sep 6, 2007
Daniel Sullivan wrote:
<quoted text>
You sound like a inmate who was in prison, what was your crime. I am curious.
Do you notice how not only did he make such an outlandish accusation but in the comment before he was suggesting an attourney to see. He is probably promoting his own law firm. I believe they have a term for him, its called ambulance chaser.
X Hendry Sgt

AOL

#31 Sep 6, 2007
Daniel Sullivan wrote:
I would like to know what Mr. McDonough's promotional policy is based on. A Assistant Warden who has been mentioned to be promoted to Warden who is a known steroid user, has had domestic violence covered up, has been in a fight in Gainesville with a Law Enforcement Officer, but yet he can be promoted because he is an informant.(After I sent this to Tallahasse, they asked me who was the Assistant Warden. I told them to ask Mr. McDonough he seems to be the one with all the information and that he is the one that promoted him.) The Sergeant that reported an alleged inmate abuse incident was promoted to Major skipping two ranks. The Sergeant done his job no different than anyone else working in the Department of Corrections, but yet he was promoted and under qualified. This promoted Sergeant to Major has had abuse allegations made against him, but they were covered up because it would look bad on the Department for someone who was promoted by Secretary McDonough. The list goes on and on with Secretary McDonough's promotions. He claims that he is cleaning up the Department of Corrections. He is only making a political name for himself, from wrong reasons not the right reasons. It will be a rejoiceful day when the public hears about how the department is really ran. Wrongful promotions/Demotions/Terminati ons. How the prisons are ran understaffed and ran by staff who are not even certified but yet working level one positions, which is creating a dangerous environment for staff and inmates.It is very stressful when staff are forced day after day to work extended workdays,(Overtime), due to staff shortage and they are forced to take off to avoid overtime which creates a revolving door of staff working becoming tired and stressed out. The staff are never adjusted off for time and half. Such working conditions have caused the life of Darla Lathrum, and now the conditions are worse. I hear now that they have taken the weights off the prison compound away from inmates. The weights is like a program for inmates it gives them something to do to relieve stress. I truly hope that they get this man out of Tallahassee before someone gets hurt or killed. The list goes on and on. How are you running your prisons Mr. McDonough? from what I can see and hear not very well. When an Officer ends up getting killed, you need to do the time for it.
WOW you said it all Sir. I like many others was not all that surprised when this individual you are speaking about went from a demotion to 2 promotions within a matter of months. I mean they sent him to "the savior" his dictator like approach created more uncertainty simply because allthough he wanted things conducted "his way" we never really recieved the resources needed to adequately complete the task. Now I hear he is back in region !. I guess they are starting the softball team up again
X Hendry Sgt

AOL

#32 Sep 6, 2007
Daniel Sullivan wrote:
I would like to know what Mr. McDonough's promotional policy is based on. A Assistant Warden who has been mentioned to be promoted to Warden who is a known steroid user, has had domestic violence covered up, has been in a fight in Gainesville with a Law Enforcement Officer, but yet he can be promoted because he is an informant.(After I sent this to Tallahasse, they asked me who was the Assistant Warden. I told them to ask Mr. McDonough he seems to be the one with all the information and that he is the one that promoted him.) The Sergeant that reported an alleged inmate abuse incident was promoted to Major skipping two ranks. The Sergeant done his job no different than anyone else working in the Department of Corrections, but yet he was promoted and under qualified. This promoted Sergeant to Major has had abuse allegations made against him, but they were covered up because it would look bad on the Department for someone who was promoted by Secretary McDonough. The list goes on and on with Secretary McDonough's promotions. He claims that he is cleaning up the Department of Corrections. He is only making a political name for himself, from wrong reasons not the right reasons. It will be a rejoiceful day when the public hears about how the department is really ran. Wrongful promotions/Demotions/Terminati ons. How the prisons are ran understaffed and ran by staff who are not even certified but yet working level one positions, which is creating a dangerous environment for staff and inmates.It is very stressful when staff are forced day after day to work extended workdays,(Overtime), due to staff shortage and they are forced to take off to avoid overtime which creates a revolving door of staff working becoming tired and stressed out. The staff are never adjusted off for time and half. Such working conditions have caused the life of Darla Lathrum, and now the conditions are worse. I hear now that they have taken the weights off the prison compound away from inmates. The weights is like a program for inmates it gives them something to do to relieve stress. I truly hope that they get this man out of Tallahassee before someone gets hurt or killed. The list goes on and on. How are you running your prisons Mr. McDonough? from what I can see and hear not very well. When an Officer ends up getting killed, you need to do the time for it.
Shame on the higher ups for turning a blind eye to issues taking place in the department, specifically the high turn over rate due to the slave like wages that they reward us with. Its a joke that county officers not only are treated better, but make substantially more money. To think Chain Gang Charlie was so behind the DOC and promised to give us what we deserved " a fair shake" and yet whats the first thing he does, instead of giving us a desperatly needed raise we get a one time bonus that doesnt even reflect into our pensions. SHAME ON US FOR DRINKING HIS PUNCH... I keep the faith hoping that one of these days something will be done to restore some sort of pride within the DOC and make it look more like a department where officers will stick around, rather then simply use it as a spring board to get to the county...
Daniel Sullivan

AOL

#33 Sep 7, 2007
X Hendry Sgt wrote:
<quoted text>
I think a position within the department of corrections is a great opportunity. Hendry is a good place to begin a career because there is a lot of opportunity for adavancement due to turnover.
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Do not listen to that LIAR, He sounds like the Major there. He is only trying to get you there because no one else wants to work there. Trust me, I can make more money at Lee County Sheriff's Dept. with 10+ experience than a Colonel with the Department of Corrections by working in the jail as a Detention Deputy. You can make more than a Captain with the Dept. of Corrections, working and starting off in the jail at any facility in South Florida. Do not listen to Marco he is a LIAR.
Daniel Sullivan

AOL

#34 Sep 7, 2007
Well Marco might not be a Liar, he is very right about the turnover rate, it is very high. I seen Marco and I assumed that it was the Major from Marco Island. I did not catch the last part of his statement.
current Sgt at Hendry

Tallahassee, FL

#35 Sep 8, 2007
I miss you Major and Lt. and im still trying to not cuss
Morgan

Alachua, FL

#36 Sep 9, 2007
current Sgt at Hendry wrote:
I miss you Major and Lt. and im still trying to not cuss
I miss all my friends from Hendry.....what a great group of people. I miss talking with everyone. Please tell everyone that I said "Hello" and I'll keep each of you in my thoughts. Always keep your head up.....I'm sure McD appreciates your efforts for not having a 'potty mouth like me." LOL
Morgan

Alachua, FL

#37 Sep 9, 2007
Anonomous wrote:
I would like to express my appreciation for the people that were fired from Hendry Correctional if they were crooked, I know alot about Hendry, I worked there for five years and saw the corruption first hand. I witnessed several inmates being wet with toilet water, inmates being handcuffed for reasons not covered in the regulations, and inmate property being destroyed for saying they were not the ones that threw paper in the middle of the dorm floor.
If you were there.....and you didn't report it......then you were part of it.
Morgan

Fort White, FL

#38 Sep 10, 2007
X Hendry Sgt wrote:
<quoted text>
LT. I am glad that you are getting the opportunity to finish off the last few years and collect your retirement you so deserve. I always admired how you had a business like professional approach when dealing with inmates but at the same time was so easy to talk to...( I miss the conversations we had while you were assigned as the midnight relief Capt. post. Like you used to tell me "Everyone's got a lil Capt. in them." Id love to keep in touch with ya. I just dont want any backlash because of my critical comments about the situation at Hendry. If you can post an email address so i can email you.
email me at [email protected]
X Hendry Sgt

AOL

#39 Sep 12, 2007
From what I understand and am hearing, this BLOG is starting to get some play within the department and more importantly within the ranks of the current officers at Hendry. From someone who has worked at 3 different facilities as well as come to have a great understanding at the challenges that we as Correctional Officers face not only from the dangers within the confined areas of a prison but also when such challenges as high turnover, freequent demands to work extended days, and low morale create. With basically no support what so ever it is up to us to solidify the brotherhood that can make a difference within the ranks. Remember when all the craziness at Hendry was going down, when PBA finally decided to show up what did they have for us besides food and water...ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. It is is a joke that they represent us. I for one am hoping that this BLOG continues to generate more interest and spread like a cancerous tumor right through the heart of that corrupted organization. I am hoping that with the help of other other CO's we can create a new organization to that trully defines itself by representing the best interests of its officers. So I guess what I am trying to say is for those of you who need a place to vent, an ear to listen, or a shoulder to lean on...I am here for you. Spread the word, we have a voice we are one of if not the largest workforces within the state of Florida so as the saying goes stregnth within numbers. Spread the word, We do have a voice, lets begin to use it...
Daniel Sullivan

AOL

#40 Sep 12, 2007
One thing about PBA, when they were suppost to be representing the Officers from Hendry, they had one of there PBA representatives wear a wire trying to obtain information from other Officers. That PBA representative was Officer A. Laforest. Also I was fired for walking over to the Colonel's house and telling him bye, and talking to him, but we have a Regional Director who can lie under oath, and nothing is done about it. She stated that I was not fired for going to the Colonel's house, which was a lie. She stated that Captain J. Baldridge was not demoted for going by the Colonel's house, second lie. It was also brought to her attention by the lawyer that Officer Clark was at the Colonel's house but nothing was done to him. Her response was "I did not know he was there". Sounds like she dont know what the hell is going on, because he was in the investigation. I am not saying Officer Clark should receive discipline. He was a great Officer. My point is that the Department of Corrections is discriminating. There is lots of incidents that have happened within the Department with other Officers in Command, and nothing was done about it. I wonder how they are going to awnser to the law suits placed against them for discrimination. It is ashame that we have incompetent leaders in the Department of Corrections that are setting the State up for law suits, and the tax payers are suffering from it. Govenor Crist needs to really look at who he has working for him.

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