03/23/2001

Bill for the protection of female inmates, Fla.

March 23, 2001
(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) – The Florida Legislature is considering a bill aimed at protecting female jail inmates from sexual abuse.

The measure would make it a crime for any corrections officer to have sex with an inmate and would provide counseling for incarcerated women about sexual abuse and assault.

Several inmates spoke at a rally Thursday in Tallahassee. Cassandra Collins, who has become an activist on the issue since her release from the Gadsen County Jail, said that she bribed a guard to keep him away from her and was raped at gunpoint after she ran out of money.

The witnesses included Susan McDougal, the one-time confidante of Bill and Hillary Clinton who was imprisoned for refusing to testify against them.

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