On Friday, June 9, Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General (PADAG) Marshall Miller led a Sexual Abuse Facility Enhancement and Review (SAFER) team, comprised of representatives of multiple components of the Justice Department, in a visit and review at Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Tallahassee. This is the first in a series of SAFER visits to women’s facilities throughout the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP).
The Deputy Attorney General launched the SAFER team project to visit women’s facilities in each of BOP’s six regions and engage with leadership, staff, and women in custody at those facilities, as part of the Department’s ongoing efforts to root out sexual misconduct within the BOP. The SAFER team that visited FCI Tallahassee included representatives from the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, the BOP, the Office on Violence Against Women, and the Office for Access to Justice, and was joined by U.S. Attorney Jason Coody for the Northern District of Florida and representatives from the FBI.
During the visit, the team reviewed the facility’s progress implementing the recommendations of the Department’s Sexual Misconduct Working Group, including its initiatives to promote timely and effective reporting consistent with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). The team also reviewed the facility’s conditions, medical and mental health services, reentry programming, and Special Housing Unit, and spoke directly with women in custody. Following the visit, PADAG Miller and several team members visited the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida (the USAO), where they discussed the office’s work to prioritize cases involving misconduct committed by BOP personnel, including the USAO’s recent conviction of a former corrections officer at FCI Tallahassee who sexually abused a woman in his custody.