Admissions Of Violations Made By FMJS Committee.
Medical Inspection Exemptions Expressed As Violations Of Florida Statutes.

Once Again, VolusiaExposed Highlights The True Folly
Of The Florida Model Jail Inspection Process.

September 29, 2014
"It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive." - Earl Warren

VolusiaExposed attended and video recorded the September 12, 2014 meeting of the Florida Model Jail Standards Committee in Jacksonville, Florida.

The FMJS Committee is comprised of three (3) county sheriffs and one (1) county council member.

Sheriff John Rutherford - Jacksonville
Sheriff Gary S. Borders - Lake County
Sheriff Mark Hunter - Columbia County
Joshua Wagner - Volusia County Council
Mr. Wagner was absent from the
most recent committee meeting

Florida Model Jail Committee Meeting
September 12, 2014
Jacksonville, Florida

The Florida Model Jail Standards (FMJS) have been the minimum standards for Florida jails since it was enacted by the Florida legislature in October 1996.

These standards (FMJS) replaced the Florida Administrative 33-8 standards that guided Florida jails for several decades.

If you are a long time reader of VolusiaExposed.Com, you are keenly aware that we have been very critical of the FMJS inspection / jail oversight process. There is no love for this process here at VolusiaExposed.

In November 2013, we (VolusiaExposed) posted an article that detailed the rationale for our concerns surrounding the FMJS process. We highly recommend that our readers review our earlier article, in conjunction with this article, to gain a full appreciation of how the FMJS jail inspection process has put the public's health in jeopardy.

In short, since most Florida county jails are operated by the county sheriff departments, we hold the opinion that having the Florida Sheriffs Association operate the jail inspection and oversight committee is a major conflict of interest to the health and safety of the citizens of Florida.

Watch The Above Video Of The FMJS Committee Meeting

Proof Positive That The FMJS Inspection / Oversight Process
Is Failing To Meet Minimal Standards

While the FMJS Committee has been in existence for (18) eighteen years (1996), the committee acknowledged during this most recent meeting that it still has not completed a full review of it's oversight standards. Further, the committee members could not properly address how six (6) correctional facilities obtained FMJS medical standards exemptions. Really? ! Hey, don't believe us - please listen for yourself - (start the above video around 32 minutes & 40 seconds).

Further, the committee members appeared to acknowledge that these medical exemptions were violations of Florida Statutes (see video - 45 minutes & 20 seconds). So, not only do the current FMJS committee members not know when or how these correctional facilities gained these medical exemptions (see video - 40 minutes and 55 seconds / 44 minutes and 30 seconds) - but it is very possible, that these facilities have not been required to meet the FMJS minimal medical standards, and have been in violation of Florida Statutes for nearly twenty (20) years. By our (VolusiaExposed) standards, thats a serious problem, that has endangered the health and welfare of the citizens of Florida.

Why Is Proper Jail Health Care So Important
To The Health & Welfare Of the Entire Public?

We understand that many in the public could care less if jail or prison inmates are receiving proper health care - after all they are "just inmates and criminals" - right?

WRONG ! - first they are also human beings - second, if you allow your jails and prisons to run sub-standard health care facilities - then you invite your jails and prisons to become incubators for all sort of diseases that will NOT be confined behind the secure walls of any correctional institution.

In our opinion, the next Typhoid Mary is awaiting to be discovered within one of our local jails or prisons. Wouldn't it be a responsible act to ensure that she received proper medical treatment, prior to her illness moving on to an elementary school, via her contact with correctional staff?

Our jails and prisons are breeding grounds for all sorts of nasty communicable diseases - should we really be cutting health care resources within these correctional institutions? Can we really afford to buy this health care on the cheap, or allow such committees like the FMJS to provide illegal exemptions to Florida State statutes, laws that were enacted to ensure the community's overall health?

The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) was developed to ensure that our nuclear power plants maintain a proper level of safety. Who here reading this article would feel comfortable in disbanning the NRC and allowing the power companies to be the sole inspectors of their own nuclear power plants?

I submit to you that not many of our readers would support allowing the power companies to solely conduct the health and safety inspections of our country's nuclear power plants. The rationale is obvious - no one desires the nuclear nightmare that can easily erupt, given an economic driven inspection process.

While our nuclear power plants encase the nuclear genie - we (VolusiaExposed) submits to you that each and every jail and prison in this country encases the biological genies of the likes of typhoid, tuberculosis, avian influenza, hepatitis, HIV - just naming a few.

Penny Wise
Pound Foolish

Take the time to listen to the above video - it's only about an hour long.

Listen to three Florida Sheriffs discuss their beliefs that these medical exemptions were probably granted for economic reasons.

A Small Step In
The Right Direction

We congratulate the FMJS Committee for approving the motion to advise the six (6) correctional facilities that their medical exemption will cease as of December 31, 2014. (see attached letters in scroll box) -->

FMJS Medical Exemption Retraction Letters
Sent To Six (6) Correctional Facilities

These exemption retraction letters also advise these six (6) correctional facilities that they will be required to be in compliance with FMJS medical standards, no later than December 31, 2015 (one year later)

FMJS Is Nothing More
Than A Roaring Paper Tiger

As outlined in our November 2013 article - unlike the former Florida Administrative Code 33-8, the FMJS committee has no enforceable authority to mandate that the county jails comply with their standards. We can just imagine these six (6) correctional facilities' administrators opening and reading these letters - laughing and then going to lunch, not having a second thought about even considering complying with the Florida Model Jail Standards. Then again - wasn't that the point in developing these standards in 1996 - to have standards that will give the public a false sense of security - while allowing the jails, and their sheriffs to have the option of not complying with the standards?

It's time to bring back the repealed Florida Administrative Code 33-8 jail oversight & inspection process !



If you found this article to be thought provoking, we (VolusiaExposed.Com) invite you to review, the below linked, Special Investigative Report, exposing law enforcement corruption with the State of Florida.


by Matthew Doig and Anthony Cormier
Tarnished badge, flawed system
Police unions / political clout
Predator in uniform?
What the personnel files reveal
Problems and solutions
Flagrant abuses invite little scrutiny
Problem officers still find work
How serious offenses go unreported
Sworn to protect....their pensions
Governor investigates CJSTC
Additional concerns surrounding the
Volusia County Sheriff's Department

VCSO deputy supplies underage females with alcohol.

VCSO deputy sexually approaches female prisoner?

Sex and the Badge
Extra-martial affairs within the VCSO?

VCSO deputy engaging in sexual relationship, while on duty?

VCSO deputy attempts romantic relationship with felony suspect?

VCSO deputy sexually assaults handcuffed woman.

VCSO deputy reprimanded for domestic violence arrest

VCSO Frangiamore-Carper murder-suicide incident

Questionable In-Custody Deaths
Click Photos

We look forward to your comments on this situation.
Drop us a line to let us know what you think.


Sex Crimes
VCSO Press Releases

The VCSO issued a press release on the Stewart-Marchman molestation incident - but did not issue a press release of a jail rape - why not?

VolusiaExposed.Com article
No VCSO Press Release on Jail Rape?

VolusiaExposed.Com article
Rape at the Volusia Jail



Assistant County Attorney, Nancye Jones handles many of the litigations coming out of the Volusia County jail.

Nancye Jones' husband, VCSO Major Robert Jones, supervises the deputies that investigate possible criminal violations within the county jail.

We have concerns that several criminal investigations have been possibly manipulated, in order to reduce the County of Volusia's civil liability.

Our concern includes this particular in-custody sexual battery investigation, and the below listed situations.

We invite you to review our concerns.

The Mary Knudsen Incident

The in-custody death of Inmate Tracy Veira
Falsification of Documents by County Officials


The Failure of the FMJS Jail Inspection Process, Florida needs to return to the independent FAC 33-8 Inspection Process.

Florida Jail Oversight in Retrograde

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