Please note that a link is provided within the post for confidential assistance for Florida inmates who have experienced or witnessed guard-on-prisoner violence or abuse.
This post is the result of my having the opportunity to speak with David Wagner, an ex inmate of Suwannee Correctional facility. My apologies to him and to the admin for not having this posted yesterday. I honestly had serious difficulty writing it. In a moment you will see why.
Wagner served time at Suwannee between 2011 and 2012. During that time he states that he saw inmates beaten and gassed to unreasonable degrees and with no logic behind it. We all know that use of force is sometimes necessary, but Wagner said that much of the time it was unwarranted due to the inmate not being aggressive and, at times, they were even cuffed. Some of the things he recalled from his time in confinement is that, contrary to DOC policy stating that medical staff be present when gas is administered, nurses were never present. He woke nightly to…
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