Charlotte Correctional Institution

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Charlotte Correctional Institution
Location33123 Oil Well Road
Punta Gorda, Florida
Statusmixed
Capacity1291
Opened1989
Managed byFlorida Department of Corrections

The Charlotte Correctional Institution is a state prison for men located in Punta Gorda, Charlotte County, Florida, owned and operated by the Florida Department of Corrections.[1] This facility has a mix of security levels, including minimum, medium, and close, and houses adult male prisoners. Charlotte first opened in 1989 and has a maximum capacity of 1291 prisoners.

A 2015 grand jury report delivered a "blistering and graphic rebuke" to the department for the beating death of Charlotte inmate Matthew Walker on April 11, 2014 at the hands of guards.[2] Reporters John Hackworth and Brian Gleason of Sun Coast Media Group were awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing for their reporting on Walker's death.[3]

Inmate Robert Peterkin was found dead on June 4, 2015, in circumstances that officials refused to explain to his family.[4] Inmate Quonta Howard was found dead on August 4, 2015. His death became the seventh ongoing criminal investigation at CCI.[5]

Notable Inmates[edit]

  • Tony Ables - serial killer
  • Lionel Tate - murderer and the youngest person in U.S history to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.
  • Terrence Graham - former burglar who won a Supreme Court case that banned juvenile life without parole for non homicide offenses.[6]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ "Charlotte Correctional Institution". Florida Department of Corrections. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  2. ^ Brown, Julie K. (7 July 2015). "Grand jury report rips Florida prison over deadly beatdown". Miami Herald. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Editorial Writing". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  4. ^ Elias, Dave (21 July 2015). "Family Wants Answers in Another CCI Death". WZVN. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  5. ^ Brown, Julie K. (6 August 2015). "Death leads to seventh criminal probe at troubled Charlotte County prison". Bradenton Herald. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Inmate Population Information Detail".

Coordinates: 26°48′14″N 81°54′14″W / 26.803807°N 81.903763°W / 26.803807; -81.903763