DOJ Watchdog Reveals Unsanitary, Poor Structural Conditions at Florida Federal Prison

A Justice Department watchdog report reveals that the Federal Correctional Institution Tallahassee in Florida is operating far below acceptable standards in caring for and housing its prison population, which includes both men and women, and that the building itself is in bad physical condition, Ryan Lucas reports for NPR. Inspectors found inmates were being served moldy bread; spoiled food in the warehouses, including rotting vegetables; rodent droppings on bags of food; bugs crawling in bags of cereal. Structural issues included water leaking from ceilings and windows; sinks coming off walls; paint and plaster falling off the walls; and the roofs over all five housing units need to be replaced. The report says the issues identified at the prison are largely consistent with findings in its other oversight work of the Bureau of Prisons.

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