Congress to probe misconduct at Coleman federal prison

Investigating sexual harassment and threats from inmates

May 15, 2017 - 6:54 am

COLEMAN (by Alan Spector/FL NEWS NETWORK) -- Congress is launching a probe into misconduct at the country's largest federal prison.

A letter sent from a U.S. House committee last week says it will investigate how the Federal Bureau of Prisons handled "egregious" misconduct at the U.S. Penitentiary in the Sumter County city of Coleman.

The warden and other officials at the prison reportedly got thousands of dollars in bonuses despite female staffers' persistent allegations of sexual harassment.

A letter from Republican committee chairman Jason Chaffetz of Utah said four executives at Coleman received tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses during the court of a sexual harassment lawsuit involving hundreds of current and former staffers.

The suit alleges that prison managers repeated failed to protect the staffers from years of sexual harassment and threats from inmates.

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