Prison whistleblower details claims of continued retaliation in court documents
Weeks after a Department of Corrections inspector privately told members of a state Senate committee about what he suspected was cover-up and abuse at the state prison agency last year, he was hit with six internal investigations in a single day, all aimed at discrediting him or forcing him out.
The unprecedented number of investigations gave grounds for the agency to reassign the investigator, Doug Glisson, move his office to what agency staff calls a former broom closet, take away access to his past emails and work files, and then conduct an investigation that lasted months — without interviewing alleged witnesses or verifying many facts.
When Glisson, a supervisor who has a 20-year career in law enforcement, protested in a six-page letter to his supervisors, he was subjected to a verbal tirade from Inspector Brian Falstrom so loud and filled with invective that it scared the other office staff who overhead it all.
“It was very scary for me,” said Stephanie Land, who worked in the office next to Glisson in the agency's Office of Internal Audits. “He yelled a lot.”
When asked in court if she was in “fear of being retaliated against” because of her testimony, she responded: “A little, yeah.”
The extent of the Department of Corrections’ alleged retaliation against one of five whistle-blowers has come to light in detailed transcripts and documents filed as part of an ongoing legal fight in a Tallahassee court.
Glisson is suing the agency, seeking a formal review process in which he alleges his rights have been violated. Story here.