Former Lowell Correctional Institution Inmates Protest after Woman is Brutally Beaten

Two weeks after guards at Lowell Correctional Institution — the largest women’s prison in Florida and the second largest in the nation — brutally beat a woman with mental and physical disabilities, former inmates from the women’s prison protested the inhumane prison conditions they have experienced for more than a decade, including physical and sexual abuse. Saturday morning, a four-hour vigil was held outside the Lowell prison compound in part to protest the beating that left Cheryl Weimar, a 51-year-old inmate, paralyzed from the neck down. According to a local news station, fifty people attended the protest.Weimar’s lawyer, Ryan Andrews, says Weimar remains hospitalized and connected to a breathing apparatus. Following the attack and paralyzation of Weimar, former Lowell inmate Jordyn Cahill expressed her disgust over the beating in a YouTube video, citing the sexual abuse she experienced herself during her eight years at the facility. In her video, Cahill named several correctional officers, including supervisors, and stated that they extorted her for sex and sexually assaulted her during her time at Lowell, sometimes demanding sexual favors in exchange for basic necessities such as toilet paper. “For Cheryl, or any other incarcerated woman who has been physically or sexually abused […]

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