[UPDATE] Two Guards Beaten at Taylor Correctional Institution

By: Eyewitness News; Jerry Askin Email
By: Eyewitness News; Jerry Askin Email

UPDATE 09-6-2011 at 5:50pm by Jerry Askin

63-year old Jerry Miller is accused of attacking two sergeants at the Taylor Correctional Institution last Thursday. One sergeant has several broken bones in his face. The other received minor injuries.

Miller has since been moved to Florida State Prison, which is the most secure facility in the state.

"They had found a contraband item from the inmate at the time. The inmate started to get agitated, they asked the inmate to cuff up. It appeared that he was going to do so, but when they went to cuff him, he started punching them," says DOC Spokesperson Gretyl Plessinger.

Miller was sentenced to life in prison in 1991 for second degree attempted murder and aggravated battery against a law enforcement officer. The inmate now faces new charges of aggravated battery against a law enforcement officer.

We are told the Inspector General's Office is looking into the matter and further invesigating.
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Perry, Florida - September 26, 2011 -

Eyewitness News has confirmed that two Taylor Correctional Institution officers were beaten by an inmate, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

The incident happened around 4pm on September 22nd at the Taylor Correctional Institution. The beating is being investigated by Inspector General’s office.

No other information has been released at this time. We have a reporter working on the story. Stay with WCTV for details.


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  • by Demitrius Location: Central florida on Feb 19, 2012 at 04:44 AM
    At Taylor, the inmates run the facility. Extortion is rampant among inmates and the CO's could care less. Taylor is a disgrace to the Dept. of Corrections. Changes are needed at this out of control institution. Inmates should not run an institution by extortion and intimidation.
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      by Paul on Mar 23, 2012 at 11:41 AM in reply to Demitrius
      You should get your facts straight. Taylor is the most corrupt prison in Florida because of what you call officers! "Good old Boy's" violating State, Federal and Human rights laws. I can forward you to many family members who no longer associate with their family because of the debauchery they, as guards have committed and bragged about. They violated an Inmates rights, only because they could. No provocation. I can show you a report that verifies what I say is true.
  • by terrym Location: east coast on Oct 2, 2011 at 03:42 PM
    First, I would like to say ny prayers go out to the officers that were hurt in this incident. My prayers are also for the inmates inside of this facility. I am a sister of a corrections officer but also have a loved one who at a young age made a wrong choice and is now incarcerated. I see both sides to the prison system. There will always be some bad apples in a bunch. We can not say all, both guards and inmates are bad. The prison system was set up to try to help rehabilatate. Budget cuts does not help the system. There needs to be more money spent on the prison systems. Prisoners should not be treated inhumanely, and co's and guards should feel safe in their work enviornment. I feel that many comments that were made are one sided. We should look at the "whole". If you don't have a loved one serving time it will be hard for you to understand, and hard for you to understand if you don't have a loved one working in the system. My prayers are for both.
  • by Jason Location: Perry on Sep 29, 2011 at 10:04 AM
    I would have beat the inmate to death if he touched me.
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      by Justin on Sep 29, 2011 at 02:37 PM in reply to Jason
      With a comment like that you would probably wait for him to be in restraints then attack him!
  • by Justin Location: Fl on Sep 28, 2011 at 05:22 AM
    Sad that 2 staff members have been injured. But the real story here is not being told. D.O.C. is way over budget from the top. There are to many administrators and not enough C.O.'s. That is something the New Sec is working on. There is still a big Good ole boy network in place from the CO to LT level. In the last 3 years look how many LT,SG, and CO have been charged with crimes! WHY? Corruption! Not all but a large sum of the security staff is corrupt and will turn there head to abuse, and crimes against inmates. For the right price anything can be bought from CO's. In 07 2 inmates bought off several officers to aid there escape(RMC)and DOC covered it up and only charged 1 officer. This type of behavior is rampant in the system and guards who are not professional will probably get more assualts on them. You cant blame budgets for this one. Heck there is only 1 SGT. per 2 CO's usually but in this case there were 2 SGT. And why didnt they Spray the inmate when he became combative? It only takes 1 CO to "cuff" an inmate and the other to Supervise. But not here, these 2 Sgt's both got into the fight. And all staff knows who the real dangerous inmates are, so these 2 staff members where either dumb, or they provoked this inmate. And 2 Staff members against a 63 year old man! Something is not adding up here, are these staff members overwieght? Are they out of Shape? Lots of ?'s to ask!!!Maybe they received what they have been doing to others? Sad that people want to say this inmate should be shot, what about the staff members that beat inmates why they are in handcuffs? When the roles are reversed it isnt funny. This is real life and real consequences for your actions. There is alot more corruption to be exposed.
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      by mee on Sep 29, 2011 at 05:54 PM in reply to Justin
      Justin it is called karma my brother was beaten many times by guards! Its sad what they do to those inmates ! I have many letters from my brother saying he felt they were going to kill him in there !
  • by bill Location: sumter on Sep 27, 2011 at 07:51 PM
    its only going to get worse with the no more smoking i guess possibly losing your life is only worth $30k, right Mr.Scott your a p.o.s.
  • by Frances Location: Tallahassee on Sep 27, 2011 at 04:44 PM
    This inmate needs to be exterminated, ASAP. There is absolutely no reason to keep giving this violent loser 3 hots and a cot!
  • by FORMER CORRECTIONS OFF Location: GADSDEN COUNTY on Sep 27, 2011 at 12:01 PM
    Thanks Governor Baldy McBald. Due to your cuts within the Department of Corrections, correctional officers are forced to work with limited guards. You are a heartless man, you dog.
  • by Steve Location: Not in Marietta on Sep 27, 2011 at 10:30 AM
    My blog is for "Anonymous" @ 12:08 PM. You got that right! He should. I don't remember if Governor Graham did it, but this one for-sure will not! I want that Rep. Michelle Rewinkel-Vasilinda to do the same thing. She should shack-up at Starke for a week with those on death row. I bet she would withdraw her bill abolishing the death penalty!
  • by Anonymous Location: Central FL on Sep 27, 2011 at 09:08 AM
    I agree 100%, Rick Scott should wear our uniform and try out the job for one week...he would be changing his tune and handing out raises... We are all in danger everyday...
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      by Anonymous on Sep 27, 2011 at 11:08 AM in reply to
      We have several inmate who would love to get a hold of Rick Scott...that would be a WONDERFUL idea...hahaha
  • by Taxpayer Location: Taylor on Sep 27, 2011 at 05:49 AM
    First of all I would like to wish both guards a speedy recovery in these trying times, my prayers go out to you. Being a prison guard can be an extremely dangerous job and these guards put it all on the line everyday! I just have a question for all these anti-Gov. Scott comments. What does cutting state funds have to do with these guards being attacked? Cutting funds in some areas such as the prison system have nothing to do with an unprovoked attack on two prison guards. These attacks have been happening for many years and will continue to happen for many more, they have nothing to do with a lack of funds. Although state funds were cut, how much better of a ratio (guards to prisoners) do you need? There were two guards and one prisoner thats a two to one ratio last time I checked.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 27, 2011 at 06:43 AM in reply to Taxpayer
      When you cut funding for security in prisons you have less guards, less guards to keep and eye on things. Less security is dangerous when you are talking about the worst in society. Maybe you should take a turn at the job if you think you could do better. Since you don't know the story of what happened, you have nothing to base your comment regarding ratio on. Those guards were badly beaten, one had to be life flighted out...sadly, from the inside, the reason was not enough guards to keep an eye on things.
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        by gus on Sep 27, 2011 at 08:30 AM in reply to
        And it couldnt have nothing to do with bleeding heart liberals who feel as if prisoners deserve more rights than their victims?
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      by C.O. Sgt. on Sep 27, 2011 at 10:35 AM in reply to Taxpayer
      Yes, 2 guards to 1 inmate isn't bad..but since at Taylor it is more like 30 guards to 1300 inmates the odds suck! Since most facilities are short staff, several staff members are stuck in a dorm and can't come help the officers being beaten!!!! They could have died!!! That is where the FUNDS come in, so more people can be hired to help keep us safe!! Not abnormal for it to be one C.O or Sgt and 200-300 inmates....why don't you come work there for barely $30,000 a year and see if you like it.
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      by Fl CO on Sep 27, 2011 at 11:07 AM in reply to Taxpayer
      Ok to correct your comment on the ratio of officers to inmates...lets put this into perspective there are 1300 inmates and a total of maybe 28 officers at work on just one shift and that is if no one calls in and we are not short, now the inmates are not "locked down" all the time and if they were coming back from eating that leaves 2 officers to "escort" a total of up to 250 inmates per dorm and you are right only 1 inmate was involved but the cuts are part of the problem, we DO NOT have enough officers to protect how we really need! Now before you want to speak about things look it up and figure out the ratio of officers to inmates, I promise you we are not at an equal ratio whatsoever!
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