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Report: Prison staff, inmate fixed up trailer for warden

By Times Staff Writer
Published March 3, 2006

A Gainesville prison warden who was fired two weeks ago made personal use of Florida Department of Corrections staff and materials, according to results of a state investigation released Thursday.

Laynard Owens, 47, was hired to work in the prison system in 1990 and was making $80,473 a year as warden of the Gainesville Correctional Institution. He had been there 11 months when removed. Interim Corrections Secretary James McDonough had said Owens was fired for ethical problems but did not give any details.

The report details how last August Owens allowed staff and an inmate to spruce up his own trailer, using state materials, in the maintenance shop at Gainesville Correctional.

Over the course of several weeks, a state-employed carpenter and an inmate with welding skills attached siding and a gas grill to the warden's trailer. They also attached a smokestack to the grill and painted it, according to the report.

The employees did the work while on the clock for the Department of Corrections, according to the report.

The grill was used for cooking for state employees' softball teams and cookouts.

[Last modified March 3, 2006, 02:15:34]

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