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After years of harassment, prison nurses get almost $1 million

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Twelve nurses working in the Washington Correctional Institute sued the Florida Department of Corrections for allowing male prisoners to harass them despite years of complaints to superiors.

The harassment began in 1997, with prisoners making lewd comments, exposing themselves and faking illnesses to draw the nurses to their cells, where they would perform sex acts in front of them.

The corrections department denied liability, but the jury didn’t buy it, awarding the nurses $990,000 for damages, including mental anguish.

Wes Pittman, attorney for the plaintiffs, said, “It is a magnificent verdict that finally provides justice for these women, who have complained hard and loud for years with no one in the prison system listening.” 

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