Two Prison Guards Charged in Florida Inmate Collapse

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Trenton, FL (AP) - Two north Florida state prison guards are
facing felony charges in the collapse of an inmate allegedly
ordered to exercise in 86-degree weather without adequate water
breaks.

On Tuesday, 41-year-old James Barry, of Bell, and 44-year-old
Michael Devanie, of Trenton, turned themselves in and were released
on their own recognizance.

Both are charged with malicious battery or cruel or inhuman
treatment. They could face up to five years in prison if convicted.
Barry also is charged with witness tampering, which has a 15-year
maximum.

Twenty-one-year-old inmate Samuel Dread was hospitalized after
collapsing in May at Lancaster Correctional Institution in Trenton.
He was sent to another prison after being released from the
hospital.

A lawyer for the guards did not immediately return a call
seeking comment.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by John Location: FL on May 12, 2012 at 12:21 AM
    I was an inmate at lancaster. The majority of the guards there are sadistic, frustrated individuals who prey on helpless inmates. These are just kids that have made mistakes for the MOST part. The guards are WITHOUT QUESTION much more dangerous than the inmates. It is terrifying.
  • by Johnq Location: Tampa on Feb 5, 2012 at 01:30 PM
    You are lumping too many people all together. You need to realize that their are individuals within the prison system. Both CO's and inmates. "They," the convicted felons are not all truly azzholes. You could have a convicted murderer that is the nicest fellow on the cellblock. He just had a bad day and found his wife with his best friend and snapped. Doesn't make him a bad guy, just a murderer. I would much rather trust him to have my back than some punk out to make his bones, there is no telling what he's gonna try to pull. I know, I spent 5 years in the DOC as an inmate. First at Dade CI then at Sumter. Then it was called the Gladiator School.
  • by diane Location: palm beach county on Dec 22, 2010 at 08:29 AM
    first let me tell you ppl something iv seen it all my sons in prison yes some co's are ok but more bad than good what horrow stories iv heard unreal
  • by Get Real Location: Florida on Dec 8, 2010 at 05:36 PM
    The program at Lancaster CI is set up to be like a para-military program.The inmates get broken down like in the military when they arrive and then rebuilt with education and respect. Alot of inmates that went through there say Lancaster saved thier lives.Some inmates are going to return to the life of crime they loved regardless of what you do (like Mike).Going to prison has become a right of passage for gang members and thugs.Instead of the FEAR of incarceration that the prison system was originally set up for to DETER crime, we now have FEAR of a law suit, which ENCOURAGES crime.So since one inmate fell out during reception we should prosecute and halt a program that has helped so many inmates. Lancaster CI has the best educational program in the State of Florida for inmates.Without instilling the respect for authority that Lancaster brings, most of the inmates would'nt act civil enough to get thier education.Just read Mike's post, now he CAN spell.
  • by Mike Location: Vero Beach on Dec 3, 2010 at 06:48 AM
    I was incarcerated at Lancaster when this event occurred. The guards there, particularly these two monsters, constantly beat up on and verbally abused inmates who could do nothing to defend themselves due to the possibility of catching another 5 years onto their sentence. The correctional officers...for the most part because some of them actually do their job with decency...are angry, frustrated, abusive people who prey on the helpless. I was not surprised when this kid collapsed and the prison staff tried to cover it up. Two inamtes fight...12 officers respond in seconds...an inmate gets murdered by a cop...no one sees anything.
  • by Ahbrea Location: tFlorida on Dec 2, 2010 at 05:42 AM
    I agree with Gov- Scott to cut cost from the correctional department, we have prisoners that willing to get they freedom back , but they have all those rules in the prison system that keep them lock away for stupid voilation, for instant, if more that one person talking on the prison grounds that gang related, we have guard that are hateful and working in our prison system that need counseling them self , if Gov Scott cut cost it will help Florida residents, save more monie will be free to get more program for our youth in Florida. Wake up everyone that in prison if get the right help they can turn the life around for good, stop try to hold down someone that just want to do they time and come home to do something that can make a different in they life, i beleive the prison system make too much money on prisoners,we have jusge that get sentence that make no sense whatever if they go by the guide line i think less people will be in prison.
  • by veteran officer Location: nfla on Dec 1, 2010 at 04:56 PM
    There are about 25,000 correctional officers in FL and FLDOC is the single largest state agency. Are there didots that don't belong there? Absolutely! The odds are against there being all good people. I have worked for DOC for 10 years and MOST of us are decent, hardworking folks. We deal with the people society has determined need to be kept segregated for their actions. We are cussed at, spit on, have urine and feces thrown at us by inmates, we are micro managed by our administrations, and we are all made out to be the bad guys by the press and inmate's families! Our own agency throws uss under the bus to save face! Yet we go back everyday and do it again. Was it wrong to work this inmate? I wasn't there so I don't know...but if they were foillowing the established procedures of the DOC, then these officer's did nothing wrong! DOC has a habit of shifting the blame to individuals in order to protect itsself. We are PROUD of what we do and who we are!
  • by Tally Location: Tallahassee on Dec 1, 2010 at 02:09 PM
    I work with rapist, murders, child pedophiles and child murders daily. Lets go ahead and treat them like human beings every day. Lets give them everything they want and them some. We are under paid and under staffed and put our lives in danger every day to protect our communities. We love our Job we do thats why we do it. Let Scott and his cronies work with us for several day's and see what Correctional staff and medical staff go thru and have to put up with on a daily basis. Everyone needs to be thankful that there are people who are willing to work with these jerks and deal with them so the public does not. Tell Scott not to cut the DOC budget it's already cut enough. Hold these inmates accountable for their crimes don't turn them out early!!! Let your voice be heard and stand up for what is right keep our family and community safe. Keep our children safe!!!!
  • by jay Location: over round home on Dec 1, 2010 at 07:28 AM
    Check out the Stanford Study b/4 you judge. Two groups of students divided into two groups guards and inmates and in less than eight hours the guards began to abuse the inmates. Burn out is a real job hazard and few people in need of a pay check are going to report the burn out they feel in this unfair system. But not to worry the privatization of the prison system will weed out those presently on the job and lower wages will cause more abuse to humans. Vote Scott and get what you ask for b/c it could be you or your family member next.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2010 at 07:07 AM
    Most people who end up in the system are simply people who need guidance. If the prison guards were to treat them like children, get them therapy, and help them by guiding them in the right direction, they wouldn't be bound to make mistakes again. If you look at Australia's prison system, they treat the inmates like normal human beings which reduces their prison crime rate, as well as reducing their chances of committing the crime again. When they realize how much they have to live for, they want that freedom back. When you take it all away and they feel like they have nothing to live for, they don't care what they do anymore. Yes criminals should serve their time but they shouldn't be treated like animals.
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