Back in 2008 at the Tomoka Correctional Institution,Donna Fitzgerald a female Corrections Officer was murdered by Enoch Hall a male inmate convicted of rape and murder. The Command Staff at Tomoka CI allowed lone female CO's to supervise multiple male inmates, many of whom were convicted rapist and murderers. The murder of Fitzgerald was a result of gross negligence on behalf of the Tomoka Command Staff.
Consider the possibility that if their was more oversight of corrections facilities from outside parties that perhaps Fitzgerald's life could have been saved?
What if some one had taken pictures or video of a lone Fitzgerald supervising crews of men convicted of rape and murder, then posted it on youtube? Would Fitzgerald still be alive?
It is not hard for a reasonable person to understand why it is important to keep an eye on these people?
the night of her death, Fitzgerald worked solo with 13 men -- five rapists, seven murderers and one thief -- and with no way to call for help because she never availed herself of a radio, corrections officials said recently.
To make matters worse, investigators found many of the oversights and mistakes that led up to Fitzgerald's death continued after the stabbing, according to the initial 40-page investigation
ebruary 21, 2009
2 more prison officials demoted
By LYDA LONGA
DAYTONA BEACH -- More repercussions from last year's murder of a veteran corrections officer surfaced Friday with the demotion of two more members of the command staff at Tomoka Correctional Institution, state officials said.
As a result of Donna Fitzgerald's stabbing death in June, which prosecutors say came at the hands of an inmate, the entire command staff at Tomoka has now been replaced.
"Since this incident, the entire leadership staff (at Tomoka) has changed," said Gretl Plessinger, a spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections in Tallahassee. "Three (people) were demoted in October and now these two supervisors."
Assistant Warden Arlene Darby and Classifications Supervisor Lee Arnold will both work in other state prisons, Plessinger said. The demotions are effective Monday, and that's also when they start their new posts.
In October, Tomoka Warden Jerry Cummings was replaced, as were Assistant Warden Rob Lowe and Col. Curtiss Johnson. All five supervisors were downgraded by one position, corrections officials said. The three demoted in October also were transferred to other prisons.
This week's moves were fueled by the findings of the Critical Incident Review Team, a panel created specifically to investigate the killing of Fitzgerald, who lived in Port Orange. The team is made up of various state prison officials, Plessinger said.
The investigative team found that both Darby and Arnold displayed a "lack of leadership and inattention to duty," Plessinger said.
Rapist Enoch Hall, 40, killed Fitzgerald, 50, with a makeshift knife he fashioned out of sheet metal, according to court records. He stabbed her more than a dozen times in the back, investigators said.
The murder occurred when Fitzgerald went looking for Hall after a work assignment in PRIDE ended the evening of June 25. When Fitzgerald discovered Hall hiding in a work shed, she ordered him to come out. He refused, then jumped out and began stabbing her, reports state. Hall has been charged with murder and faces the death penalty in a trial scheduled next month. PRIDE Enterprises is a nonprofit company that runs work programs at Tomoka Correctional and other prisons across Florida.
An investigation initiated after Fitzgerald was killed showed that Hall probably should not have been working in PRIDE because of his two life sentences. The query stated that inmates like Hall were often unsupervised when working with dangerous tools and hazardous materials, and many times only one corrections officer supervised 20 to 27 inmates.
In addition, inmates with violent backgrounds, such as Hall, should have been assessed before being assigned to work with officers of the opposite gender, the investigation states.
Yet the night of her death, Fitzgerald worked solo with 13 men -- five rapists, seven murderers and one thief -- and with no way to call for help because she never availed herself of a radio, corrections officials said recently.
To make matters worse, investigators found many of the oversights and mistakes that led up to Fitzgerald's death continued after the stabbing, according to the initial 40-page investigation.
Arnold oversaw the classifications division, the department at the prison that evaluates inmates to place them in the various jobs at Tomoka, Plessinger said.
The investigative team said Arnold specifically failed to provide proper reviews and evaluations of inmates, thus Hall's involvement in PRIDE. While Arnold himself did not work on the evaluations, he did not keep himself apprised of what his underlings -- classifications officers -- were doing.