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Case Name Beaubrun v. United States PC-FL-0033
Docket / Court 5:19-cv-00615 ( M.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
This is a large tort claim case pertaining to sexual abuse in the federal prison system. On December 3, 2019, fourteen female prisoners, all of whom had been in federal custody for at least five years and nearly all first-time offenders for non-violent offenses, filed suit in the U.S. District ... read more >
This is a large tort claim case pertaining to sexual abuse in the federal prison system. On December 3, 2019, fourteen female prisoners, all of whom had been in federal custody for at least five years and nearly all first-time offenders for non-violent offenses, filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Seven of the plaintiffs were still incarcerated. The plaintiffs sued the United States under the Federal Torts Claim Act. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sought damages. The plaintiffs claimed that the Federal Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”) maintained “a sanctuary for male correctional officers to sexually assault and abuse female inmates.”

The plaintiffs alleged that they were subjected to sexual harassment and assault at Coleman Prison Camp. The complaint goes into stark, chilling detail on the pervasive abuse. The prisoners were frightened to report out of fear of retaliation and threats to their families including their young children. Some of the prisoners were forced to act as “look out” for guards as they had sex with other prisoners – and then were later sexually assaulted and raped themselves.

In addition, the plaintiffs alleged that the BOP maintained a policy which protected male correctional officers some of whom were known sexual predators. They claimed that Coleman Prison Camp employed at least eight known “sexual predators” and maintained a policy where if a prisoner complained she would be transferred to a local detention center in order to suppress such complaints. Correctional officers would use phone monitoring and restricted access to counsel to additionally suppress the women’s ability to report the misconduct.

As of January 2020, the defendant had not answered and the case was ongoing.

Margaret Vogel - 02/11/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Defendant-type
Corrections
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Assault/abuse by staff
Contraception
Incident/accident reporting & investigations
Prison Rape Elimination Act
Sex w/ staff; sexual harassment by staff
Visiting
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), 28 U.S.C. § 2674
Defendant(s) United States of America
Plaintiff Description Fourteen female prisoners all of who allege sexual abuse from correction officers.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filed 2019
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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Docket(s)
5:19-cv-615 (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0033-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/27/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
PC-FL-0033-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/03/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Corrigan, Timothy J. (M.D. Fla.) show/hide docs
PC-FL-0033-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Busch, Bryan E. (Georgia) show/hide docs
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DeMiles, James Angelo (Florida) show/hide docs
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Mills, Christopher Young (Florida) show/hide docs
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Soren, Max Gabriel (Florida) show/hide docs
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