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FLORIDA PRISONERS DYING TO GET OUT

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The rise of unexplained deaths in the Florida prison system is growing at an alarming rate. As we close out 2014, there have been over 300 deaths reported.  They are often classified as accidents, homicides and suicides.  But what makes the prisons so deadly?   It could be natural deaths caused by aging and/or illness.  However, as the claims of excessive use of force by law enforcement increase, it makes one wonder if something more sinister isn’t going on behind prison walls.

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The attorneys at Dale Carson Law frequently represent clients who have already been convicted of crimes and are serving lengthy sentences.  They hire us for post-conviction relief motions and other related matters, so I often deal with clients who are in the Florida prison system.  Over the past few years, I have had a number of clients complain to me about the abuse at the hands of prison guards.  I have heard many horrible stories.  There are reports of brutal beatings of inmates, some even leading to death.  The inmates are threatened to keep quiet, and if they don’t they are punished with additional beatings, torture and falsified discipline reports.  This mistreatment is often covered up as alleged accidents or suicides.  In extreme cases, the prison guards will frame another inmate for the murder.

The government is finally realizing there is a problem and agencies are starting to do something about it by launching investigations into the unusual rise of prison deaths in the system.  The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has requested funds from the Legislature to investigate these prison deaths and excessive use of force by law enforcement.  The U.S. Justice Department is also considering an investigation into the matter.  However, this will surely be a long and tedious process.  Any changes that may come from these investigations could be months or even years away.

Prison inmates often find themselves in a horrifying situation with nowhere to turn.  They refuse to come forward due to fear of retaliation.  They can’t write letters to loved ones because the guards will read the correspondence.  So they just keep quiet and suffer the abuse.  No one deserves this type of treatment.  Our firm has helped prisoners in this situation by contacting the Inspector General or going as far as filing federal complaints against law enforcement.  There are avenues for relief.  No one deserves to be victimized and everyone deserves representation.  At Dale Carson Law, our number one priority is protecting Constitutional rights.

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