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Repulsed By Report Of Staff Raping Women At Florida Federal Prison, Rubio Demands Inquiry

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Carl Juste
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Miami Herald
Florida U.S. senators Rick Scott, left, and Marco Rubio.

Shocked by a Miami Herald report detailing allegations of systemic sexual abuse of female inmates by male staff at a federal facility, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is urging the Bureau of Prisons to conduct a thorough review of Coleman Federal Correctional Complex.

The Herald story “reveals that the environment at FCC Coleman has enabled systemic and pervasive sexual abuse and misuse of authority by BOP employees over a number of years,” he wrote in a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr. “These allegations are simply abhorrent, and I urge you to take immediate action to ensure such behavior is neither happening, nor tolerated, at FCC Coleman or any other BOP facility.”

Last week, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of 14 woman, ranging in age from 30 to 56. The suit is seeking compensation and prison improvements. Seven of the woman, who are suing not as “Jane Does” but under their true names, are still incarcerated.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.