EXCLUSIVE: Bureau of Prisons report reveals disgusting conditions inside FCI ... trends now
Prison inspectors uncovered rotting food, rodent infestations and walls smeared with filth during an unannounced visit to FCI Tallahassee in May, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.
The ceilings and windows of all five housing units were found to be in such dire need of repair that inmates had resorted to using feminine hygiene products to plug leaks.
Officials from the DOJ's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) also blasted bosses for failing to stem the flow of contraband including cigarettes, vapes, opioids, and the synthetic cannabis substitutes, K2 and Spice.
Their grim findings are detailed in a scathing report that rates the beleaguered Federal facility, housing 846 women and 294 men in a small satellite facility, as 'high risk'.
On a rare positive, the inspectors said they did not see any evidence of widespread sexual abuse in the 1930s-built prison where Maxwell, 61, has been locked up for more than a year.
Shocking photos included in the Bureau of Prison's report highlight numerous issues found at FCI Tallahassee, including poor food and storage practices such as serving moldy bread to inmates
Pictured above are discolored and rotting cucumber and celery found in a food preparation refrigerator at the prison
Warped containers of food were found in storage along with a deformed can, and an overturned jug of liquid that has leaked
The report found evidence of insects and other pests inside stored food such as cereal
Maxwell appeared in her first televised jailhouse interview in January, speaking to TalkTV's Jeremy Kyle to complain about her 6am starts and boring prison diet of tofu and beans
But they panned staff for using 'insulting and derogatory terms', misgendering trans inmates and not having enough cameras and manpower to deter violence, self-harm and drug use.
The report comes as something of a vindication for Maxwell who has filed so many grievances behind bars that fellow felons dubbed her the 'prison Karen.'
Her numerous gripes about the poor quality of the food, threadbare bedding and the lack of timely access to medical care chime with much of the 49-page missive.
'We observed moldy bread being served as well as discolored and rotting vegetables in a food preparation refrigerator at the female prison. In the food storage warehouses, we found likely evidence of rodent droppings, as well as bags of cereal with insects in them and warped food containers,' the report notes.
It goes on to say: 'We also found that female housing unit roofs routinely leak and that all five general population housing unit roofs need to be replaced. Many female inmates live in housing units in which water frequently leaks from ceilings and windows on or near their living spaces.
'We observed housing areas in which feminine hygiene products were being used to absorb water from leaking windows, an electrical outlet that appeared to have fire damage, a sink that was detached from the wall, and a black substance on walls and ceilings. Additionally, we observed worn bedding, rusted inmate storage lockers, and unlocked supply closets.'
Spiderwebs insects, and likely evidence of rodent droppings on top of and around bags of soy
Damage observed in boxes of dry pasta and other food packaging likely caused by rodents
Broken stools at prison cafeteria
In the women's bathroom, inspectors found feminine hygiene products were being used to absorb water entering a single-level housing unit through insufficiently sealed exterior windows
Officials from the DOJ's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) also blasted bosses for failing to stem the flow of contraband including cigarettes, vapes, opioids, and the synthetic cannabis substitutes, K2 and Spice (pictured)
The inspectors noted that 38 percent of the jobs in the health unit at FCI Tallahassee were