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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Assault Advisory
April 12, 2016
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Inmate Attacks Correctional Officer at Florida State Prison

RAIFORD, Fla. – An inmate attacked a correctional officer Tuesday morning at Florida State Prison (FSP).

Inmate Joseph Simms (B08434) attacked a correctional officer at approximately 11:42 a.m. during a cell extraction. Upon entering the cell, several officers were attempting to place inmate Simms into hand restraints when the inmate stabbed one officer in the hand, puncturing his left palm with a homemade weapon. Following the attack, the officers brought the inmate into compliance and properly restrained him.

The injured officer was examined by medical staff who suggested that the officer receive treatment at an outside medical facility for various injuries including a puncture, abrasions and scratches.

Inmate Simms will receive a disciplinary report for this assault. The Department of Corrections Office of Inspector General will investigate this incident.

An Assault Advisory is issued by the Department of Corrections whenever a correctional officer or probation officer is attacked in the line of duty.


As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 98,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.

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