February 11, 2022
FDC Officer Assaulted by an Inmate
Secretary commends staff for bravery, vows to ensure accountability following any act of violence
SNEADS, Fla. — On February 6, at Apalachee Correctional Institution, a Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) correctional officer was assaulted by Inmate Randy Woullard in a housing area.
“I am immensely proud of our staff for exemplifying our values of respect, integrity, courage, selfless service and compassion,” said Secretary Ricky Dixon. “Any assault within a correctional institution is totally unacceptable. As Secretary, I will ensure individuals who engage in violent or predatory acts are held accountable. I commend this officer for her ability to remain steadfast throughout the encounter.”
The incident is under investigation by the Office of the Inspector General. Once complete, additional information will be available. Inmates who cause harm to others face administrative sanctions, placement in restrictive housing and criminal charges when applicable. This is done for the safety of staff and other inmates.
As Florida's largest state agency, and the third largest state prison system in the country, FDC employs 24,000 members, incarcerates 80,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.