02.13.08 10 years ago 24 Comments

Badass commenter Hercules Rockerfeller points us in the direction of James McDonough, Florida's former prison secretary who described the prisons in America's Wang as being rife with corruption, drunken orgies, and an obsession with softball leagues so severe that steroid use became problematic.

"Corruption had gone to an extreme," McDonough said, saying it all began at the top. "They seemed to be drunk half the time and had orgies the other half, when they weren't taking money and beating each other up."   He added, "Women were treated like chattel in this department."

McDonough described a bizarre prison culture among those that ran the system — one that he says seemed obsessed with inter-department softball games and the orgies after games. "I cannot explain how big an obsession softball had become," he said. "People were promoted on the spot after a softball game at the drunken party to high positions in the department because they were able to hit a softball out of the park a couple times… The connection between the softball and the parties and the corruption and the beatings was greatly intertwined."

The parties and orgies were often carried out at a waterfront ranch house built on prison grounds for a former warden with taxpayer dollars, McDonough said. The house was complete with a bar, pool table and hot tub.

Greatest prison system ever?  Greatest prison system ever.  Your move, Ohio.

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