Uncovering the brutal prison rape line that shocked the US: Revealing details fueled resentment

Within a month of arriving at federal prison, Lauren Reynolds said she was "targeted" by an officer. He says he will protect her if she can fulfill his needs. "That is sex."


After Officer Daniel Kuilan first raped Reynolds, he asked her not to tell anyone or she would be in big trouble. Reynolds said she was raped by officers for six months - every Wednesday in the warehouse, before her shift started.

In 2019, female inmates at the Coleman prison filed a lawsuit alleging that staff at the Federal Correctional Complex repeatedly abused female inmates.

According to the lawsuit filed in December 2019, the female prisons are mostly between the ages of 26 and 59, and the prison system is a haven for abusers. Officer Christopher Palomares is accused of sexually abusing 10 women. He later admitted to having relationships with seven people. One woman said Palomares would force her into a private room and raped her. This went on for four years, from 2014.

Female prisoners are threatened if they do not comply with the demands of prison staff. They fear being transferred to another facility far from their families, where the conditions are harsher and with fewer opportunities for training. Six of the officers charged have admitted to having a coercive relationship with the inmates. Kuilan was among the officers who admitted to raping detainees at Coleman Prison.

Coleman Federal Correctional Complex. Photo: Times
Coleman Federal Correctional Complex. Photo: Times


These people were not prosecuted but were instead forced out of their jobs or retired and some continued to receive wages. Kuilan resigned in 2019 citing health problems.

The government acknowledged in a court filing in July that prison officials had reviewed cases of misconduct, but those investigations were not continued. The case is expected to go to trial in early 2022 if the case remains unresolved.

Reynolds said the fact that the officers weren't prosecuted made her feel like there was no justice, like her life wasn't worth it. Reynolds also said that when officers were allowed to move freely around the prison compound immediately after they were reprimanded for raping prisoners, the abuse continued.

U.S. Justice Department employee Abbate, who has worked in the industry for 15 years, said, "In rape cases, prosecutors are very difficult to work with. Especially when you get testimony from a law enforcement officer with testimonies from a prisoner, it was a really tough battle."

Attorney Phil Reizeenstein, who represents one of the groups of plaintiffs, said he was not sure why the officers were not charged. But the fact that several women were able to detail the same method of being systematically coerced could be conclusive evidence, he said. "Prison is a place designed to rehabilitate and pay the price for crime, not a place to take someone's dignity. But that's what happened here."


In the latest development related to the case, on October 8, US Senator Macro Rubio told the director of the US Bureau of Prisons (BOP) that he was "deeply concerned" about the failure to protect the prisoners. inmates at a federal prison in Florida.

In a letter to superintendent Michael Carvajal, the Florida senator also asked about the Federal Correctional Complex (FCI) Coleman's handling of a recent examination to look into rape cases. Iron.

The Miami Herald reported in August of survivors' pain and disappointment that criminal courts had brought no charges against prison staff for the rape and abuse of women at prisons. women's facility in Sumter County.

Carleane Berman's father - who died of a drug overdose after his release - has publicly accused officers of raping his daughter, the Herald reported.

The US government spent about $12 million earlier this year to compensate 15 women who claimed to have been sexually abused in prison. At least six out of eight staff at the Coleman penitentiary admitted to "sexual acts" against female inmates at the prison's vast complex, the Herald reported. 7 people have retired or resigned.

Senator Marco Rubio. Photo: AP
Senator Marco Rubio. Photo: AP

Rubio questioned an inspection conducted in April. Testing is required under the Prison Rape Elimination Act, which requires correctional facilities to take measures to protect prisoners from being sexually assaulted or abused, whether the abuser is a fellow inmate or a prison employee.

The senator asked why no female prisoners were invited to interview when the inspection team visited the prison in April.

"It appears that these female inmates were transferred from FCI Coleman to another prison exactly two days before the inspection. This is deeply concerning because the same female inmates brought the allegations of abuse. use,” wrote Mr. Rubio to BOP Director Michael Carvajal.

The female inmates' complaint alleges that prison staff often transfer them to solitary confinement at a local county jail to silence or frighten them. They also said officers took them to a "dead spot" in the women's facility, where surveillance cameras failed to capture them being raped.

"The accusations made by inmates at FCI Coleman raise serious questions about the facility's compliance with the law and the conduct of its officers," Rubio wrote.

The Herald reported that the prisons office declined to comment on Rubio's letter.

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