April 17, 2015
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Contact: Florida Department of
Corrections Communications Office
Visitation Cancelled at Suwannee Correctional Institution Annex this Weekend
Florida Department of Corrections announced today the cancellation of weekend visitation at Suwannee Correctional Institution Annex for Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19. Visitors are advised to check the Department’s website for future updates.
For more information about the Department and their facilities and programs, visit our website at www.dc.state.fl.us.
For any questions, please contact the Office of Communications at (850) 488-0420 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
As Florida’s largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 22,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.
Suwannee Correctional Institution houses @1,500 male inmates, including those age 17 and under, in the middle of nowhere in northern Florida.
I checked Facebook and Twitter and found that although some media advisories were published, the one above was not, which means that it’s very likely that family and friends of those incarcerated at Suwannee likely traveled a great distance last weekend for nothing, as the likelihood that any newspaper or broadcaster picked up on this particular media advisory is pretty low.
I couldn’t find any mention of it.
What I did find, instead, was a January 30, 2013 article stating that the death of inmate William Bevan, (aged 25, pictured below), at Suwannee CI was under investigation. I didn’t find any articles that provided the results of the investigation.
I instead found that the FBI was investigating another death at Suwannee, that is more recent:
Crews has also handed over investigations into at least 85 unresolved prison deaths to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which was already delving into nine mysterious inmate deaths. The FBI is also reportedly scrutinizing Suwannee Correctional Institution, where an inmate-led riot injured five prison guards in October. The April 2  death of inmate Shawn Gooden at the facility is one of those being examined by FDLE.
Given these deaths, and the lengthy previous report about noncompliance at Suwannee that I stumbled over and saved, when Suwannee’s on lockdown, the Florida Department of Corrections should say why.
The Florida legislature seems to be running Good Cop (senate)/Bad Cop (house) scams for getting nowhere on prison reform, Medicaid Expansion and more, with the mainstream media helping them pretend they are getting somewhere, while hyping things like Rick Scott’s job-stealing excursions, as if it’s somehow honorable to bring jobs to Florida on the basis that the corporations can pay Floridians less and provide no benefits.
Floridians that take the mendacious mainstream media at its word that politicians are serving their interests are only hurting themselves. We always pick up the tab for public misconduct; we’ll pay the damages when inmates’ families win wrongful death suits.
I can’t pick up the phone and call the Florida Department of Corrections Communications Office and asked why Suwannee was closed. Issues that upset me greatly upset my brain waves greatly, because of my epilepsy: it’s unlikely – under stress – that I’ll even notice when answers to questions are beside the point, or outright unethical.
Their number is (850) 488-0420 … if you can call and ask why Suwannee closed, you’d be doing Floridians a big favor. If another suspicious death occurred, it’s not likely that there’s be much truth told until AFTER Florida’s legislature is done with their seeming Good Cop/Bad Cop prison reform routine, which I believe is next week. Thank you.