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Federal Inmate Bites off Fingers, Severs Genitals, Ear Lobes, Attempts Suicide, Held at Hernando County Jail

BROOKSVILLE – Over 10-years of solitary confinement in one of the country’s most notorious super-max federal prisons, led to one inmate committing horrible acts of self-mutilation inside the United States Penitentiary in Florence, Colorado.

56-year-old John Jay Powers was convicted in 1990 for bank robbery and sentenced to 41-years behind bars. According to numerous sources, Powers spent over a decade in solitary confinement, which led to Powers suffering from PTSD and eventually becoming mentally deranged.

During his incarceration, Powers attempted suicide multiple times, amputated his testicles and scrotum, and bit off his finger. Despite overwhelming evidence, a Bureau of Prisons Psychiatrist determined that Powers did not suffer from a mental disorder and was denied treatment. As a result, Powers bit off another finger, sliced of his earlobes, sawed through his Achilles tendon, and continued mutilating his genitals. Sources say Powers has repeatedly been disciplined instead of receiving medical treatment.

According to federal court records, Powers has filed appeals with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, claiming that they illegally confiscated funds to pay for fines and disciplinary actions.

The U.S. Marshal’s Service booked Powers into the Hernando County Jail yesterday to await a sentencing hearing in Tampa, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. There are no details available at this time, regarding new charges or convictions.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office receives Federal Funding to house Federal Inmates and ICE Detainees.

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  • After reading his history and the harm he has inflicted on others in the prisons and himself, I am praying for the staff and other inmates in HCJ. He definitely has some demons. I do pray for peace for him and salvation for his soul.

    Friday, 10 November 2017, 6:31 am
    • I would like to correct myself please. He did not have acts of violence against anyone. I misread that. He witnessed a stabbing murder in the prison and testified against the 3 murderers before going to solitary for a decade. He also had no weapon in the commission of the bank robbery. It still inflicts fear on the victims but perhaps he could pay his debt and move on. I do believe unfortunately people with mental illness are just thrown into jails and prisons. While I’m glad shock therapy is a horror of the past, we do need to have a productive conversation and solution for taking care of our mentally ill.

      Friday, 10 November 2017, 8:04 am
  • Ok here’s my 2 cents Worth. First off to the tard earlier. How in Sam hell is it the Correction Officers fault for this subhumans situation. He chose this life. So he needs to do his time. And if he does it in segergation it’s is own fault for either he is too dangerous for general population or the other inmates want him dead. I worked in the HCSO jail for almost eght years and have delt with every type of inmate imaginable. I worked mainly for n the lockdown units. So I had to deal with the worst of the worst every single day . And the ones n constant lockdown needed to be there for their own good or they was such pieces of shit that the other inmates would have killed them. To you bleeding hearts out there complaining that this poor soul needs help. I say you go sit n that segergation you unit by yourself with 40 dangerous pieces of shit , and have bodily fluids of all types thrown at you on a daily basis. And have to go in those cells and physically subdue them when they try to hurt themselves or our officers. Two cases in point of those so called poor souls that you cry about needing help I had to deal with every day face to face was one of them is our very own Eric Batta who was just on this page last week I believe. He served his whole time n lockdown because he couldn’t function in the general population. I had to talk to him every day and usually had to fight him once to twice a week to get hm to comply with the rules. Another crazy as batshit one was the subhuman that killed that poor girl in Crystal River many years ago and bagged her. And you say they need help and guidance and meds. That takes a special kind of stupid I’m sorry but, it’s true. Poor parent skills did not create these monsters to society. They did it to themselves ball the way. There are no saving or helping some people in this world and you should realize that and grow up and not blame everyone else except the guilty. SMD H at some of the posters on here. The man is a federal ICE inmate he’s only housed here for the duration of his new trial or hearing in Tampa. He came from a supermax prison to be temporary housed here. The county makes a shitton of money on these inmates. And we pack em in. They get good medical, and meds and mental help. Along with used to get pizzas, subs, special cell phone calls. Another time in another jail, same company. The feds even got porn movies so they would not riot in the jail and the company gave them all of that at our expense. So cut the bleeding heart let’s pray for these ones bull. Again they chose this life.

    Friday, 10 November 2017, 12:58 am
    • So you’re saying there’s no such thing as mental illness?

      Monday, 13 November 2017, 1:18 am
  • Just look at this waist of a so called human, If he wants to die just let him because he will never be a productive person.

    Thursday, 9 November 2017, 5:28 pm
  • I think anyone locked in solitary confinement for 10 years would go insane.

    Thursday, 9 November 2017, 10:13 am
  • Who is Roger in paragraph 3? Confused

    Thursday, 9 November 2017, 7:42 am
    • Where does it say Roger? 🤔

      Thursday, 9 November 2017, 10:31 am
      • He corrected it to Powers.

        Thursday, 9 November 2017, 9:36 pm
  • A person should be allowed to kill himself, especially this guy.

    Thursday, 9 November 2017, 7:06 am
  • He should have just started with the suicide attempt first.

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 8:30 pm
  • As a mental health care provider for over 25 yrs most of the posts show a lot of well needed mental health treatment. Instead of posting hate and anger and delusional thoughts look in your own backyard.

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 8:25 pm
  • Take him to T
    ampa where the trail is held1 we have enough losers in Brooksville!

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 8:22 pm
    • Hernando is the only federal holding place around

      Monday, 13 November 2017, 1:16 am
  • YEAH FOOD LOCKER, YOUR ANOTHER HEARTLESS JACK WAGON! MAYBE WE SHOULD TAKE AWAY AND LOCK UP YOUR FOOD? AGAIN JOANNE AND DON, VERY WELL SAID AND GLAD TO KNOW THERE’S STILL WARM , HUMANE HEARTS AMONG US!

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 8:00 pm
  • Check federal sentencing guidelines. 41 yrs for bank robbery means the judge slapped him with the max sentence bc he most likely had a shitload of priors, to include lots of violence most likely. Inmates aren’t kept at that type of prison in 23 hr a day lockdown for punishment. They’re there because they cannot be managed anywhere else without getting killed themselves, harming staff or other inmates. Stop with the bleeding heart comments, you have no idea what this man has done or would do if given the opportunity. If you feel so bad for him, feel free to take him into your home and get him the treatment he needs. Some people are beyond help.

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 7:59 pm
  • JOAN YOU ALSO ARE SPOT ON! GOOD POINT WELL SAID, MONA JUST AS I AND BRITTANY SAID……………DO YOU TRUST /THINK YOUR GOVERNMENT REALLY CARES ABOUT YOU? JOHN D, I GET YOUR POINT AS WELL BUT C’MON! STICK ANY HUMAN IN A BOX FOR 10 YRS! BADDDDDDDDDDDD! ALSO TO THIS COUNTRY MORALLY BANKRUPT! YES YOUR SPOT ON! THE TRUTH, VERY WELL SAID! ( BY THE WAY FOLKS I HAVE I BROTHER WHO IS SEVERELY MENTALLY ILL AND WHEN OUR MOTHER PASSED I TOOK OVER BEING HIS LEGAL GUARDIAN………….OH MY OH MY WHAT I HAVE SEEN AND LEARNED ABOUT HOW DYSFUNCTIONAL, INEPT AND A JOKE OUR MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM IS…………MATTER OF FACT I THINK IT’S THE WORST OF ALL, ANYONE ON HERE THAT HAS BEEN WHERE I’M AT (YOU KNOW) THERE #1 I.M.O.IS DRUG ,DRUGS, AND MORE! THAT’S IT! PERIOD, AND AS FOR YOU ( MR. PROUD PAPA ) YOUR A JACK WAGON! I DO AGREE THERE’S MORE TO THIS AND AGAIN I DO NOT CONDONE ANY CRIME, AND NO NONE OF US ARE SAYING PUT HIM OUT ON THE STREETS BUT DUDE….SHOW SOME DAMN HUMANITY! ARE YOU A PROUD PAPA? ME TOO, AND WE ( ALL ) MAKE MISTAKES AND EVEN THE BEST PARENTS HAVE CHILDREN GO DOWN THE WRONG PATH, NO MATTER POINT IS OUR PRISONS HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO GIVE THESE TYPES SOME SORT OF REPRIEVE, FRESH AIR, ANYTHING, DON’T GET ME WRONG THERE ARE MILLIONS THAT NEVER GET IT AND THEY SPEND THERE LIVES IN THAT HELL, IT JUST BREAKS THE HEART TO THINK OF 10 YRS IN A F_ _ _ _ _G BOX!! I PRAY…………………………….

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 7:56 pm
  • HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 7:48 pm
  • they put a nut job in hernando county jail seems about right

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 7:43 pm
  • Sad situation. I believe everyone can change, but I also believe that some people truly are beyond all help and are unwilling to change. We can all agree there’s a problem with how to rehabilitate people in correctional facilities and how to humanely deal with the ones who refuse to change. I’ve seen friends who were good people that made a bad decision go into the system and come out worse off than before they went in. Yes, there needs to be punishment and accountability, but if the punishment is going to force you to live and learn in an environment that is going to corrupt you and teach you how to be selfish, intimidating, intolerant, violent, uncaring, and manipulating, is it really worth it? We know that people we lock up will be set free eventually. How can we make sure that the person coming out is a better version of the person that was sent in. This poor man wasnt cutting off his nuts and biting his fingers off when he went in. What the hell happened?

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 7:28 pm
  • Tell us, just HOW did this pos end up in our small jail??? This is just plain ludicrous! Why isn’t this guy in prison…where he belongs??? Better yet….well, I can’t say….

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 7:23 pm
    • They get paid to house federal inmates they do this alot that why bonds are low to make room for fed inmates common pratice money goes right to sheriff.

      Thursday, 9 November 2017, 7:50 am
    • Had you read the article you would realize why he is in Hernando County Jail. Maybe he will take care of you. You’re pathetic and not a real nurse.

      Thursday, 9 November 2017, 4:13 pm
  • all that and he STILL can’t off himself??? total LOSER!!

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 7:21 pm
  • if i had a tattoo like that, i’d be chewing my fingers off too.

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 7:16 pm
  • Tom! Why is this man in Hernando County? He needs to be in a hospital for the Criminal insane. I agree there are so many unanwered questions about this man. He needed help along time ago.

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 6:58 pm
  • More info please. There is way more to this story.

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 6:19 pm
      • Thanks!

        Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 7:00 pm
      • isn’t that your job?

        Thursday, 9 November 2017, 11:27 am
  • I don’t think we know the whole story. Who gets 41 years for a bank robbery? There is more to this story. Why is he in Hernando.? More info please Tom..

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 6:15 pm
    • Google him Faith.

      Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 8:41 pm
  • It appears this man was deprived of the help he needed. How could the Feds ignore all this self mutilation and not give him help? Sad.

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 6:03 pm
  • COOL tattoos man!!!😀
    Where can I get some???
    Let’s let him out, he looks harmless..
    Besides, he has cool tats…
    his mom must be proud!

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 6:00 pm
  • WOW…some of the people that post here are so evil. It’s obvious that this individual has some very serious mental issues which have not been treated and to be in solitary for ten years, I am very sure it did not help his mental issues when he was put in prison. Yes, he robbed a bank and I am assuming that he did not kill anyone and to get 41 years for that crime? That seems a bit excessive to me. There are people that serve time for murder and don’t get that kind of a sentence. Well, I hope and pray that now that his “story is out there” that he can get the help he is in serious need of. He is in my prayers.

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 5:59 pm
  • I get that he robbed a bank & he should pay the consequence, but what he’s doing to himself is heartbreaking!

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 5:58 pm
  • Things don’t add up. Solitary confinement for 10 yrs?? He must have been a real agitator. But how did he get from Federal in Colorado to HERNANDO CTY ???????????????It sounds like he was pretty unstable prior to all this alone time…

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 5:39 pm
  • Everyone is so quick to blame the government. People need to be held accountable for their actions and choices. Let’s first start with bad parenting. Also add to the list, lack of religion. There are also a lot of crappy doctors who only care about writing prescriptions from drug companies who pay them for every script they hand out and it leaves people in this condition. They get sold on the street causing addictions and ruining lives and creating crime. It’s like a snowball effect rolling down the hill. Counseling may or may not help then there is always instutions. Everyone has worth.

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 5:19 pm
    • Religion is what helped me to not sell drugs or rob banks . Ya see , I started a church some years ago , now one of the largest in Sprung Hole , and learned how to charismatically regurgitate scripture . My parishioners aren’t really learning anything spiritual , I just pick something out of any ole spot in the bible , read it to them in an overly animated emotional way , sing a few hymns and get that plate passed around several times , a few prayers ……..get them in , syphon the bread , get them out , see ya next Sunday. We’re tax exempt so every Sunday is prophet , I mean profit Sunday. Crime might pay ………but religious beliefs have a nice payout. See everybody on Sunday……..

      Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 8:04 pm
  • poor guy

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 5:18 pm
  • JOE, YOU TOO ARE SPOT ON! HOW SAD, COMMON SENSE HERE FOLKS AGAIN THIS TROUBLES MY SOUL!

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 4:57 pm
  • If anything, give this guy some meds to slow his motor. He has demostreated that need.

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 4:37 pm
    • Ya mean no shooting or hanging .?………ya tramp..

      Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 8:09 pm
  • BRITTANY AND KATHY! YOU 2 ARE THE ONLY ONES HERE COMMENTING SO FAR THAT HAVE A HEART AND A A SOUL! HOW VERY SAD THIS MAKES ME, YEAH 41 YRS. FOR BANK ROBBERY AND GOSHDAM! PEDOPHILES LIVING ALL AROUND US WITH FRICKEN AC AND CABLE TV! EFFED UP! 10 YRS IN SOLITARY WILL FLAT OUT WRECK A HUMAN BEING! WE WERE MADE BY OUR AWESOME GOD TO HAVE HUMAN INTERACTION! DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS? HOW ABOUT DEPT. OF EVIL/CORRUPTION! SPOT ON JEN ABOUT HOW CARING OUR GOVT. IS! DAMN! DAMN! SO VERY SAD! NO I DO NOT CONDONE BREAKING LAWS OR ROBBING BANKS! BUT 10 YRS IN ISOLATION? I’M SICK! I’M OUT!

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 4:14 pm
  • The life HE chose.

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 3:56 pm
  • OMG that is sad to be that insane.

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 3:44 pm
  • Solitary confinement,over the long term,is not an effective rehabilitation or punishment tool.In fact, it drives inmates quite insane.

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 3:40 pm
    • I agree Brother, It’s a crying shame

      Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 4:46 pm
    • You are absolutely right !! That’s is definitely an insane man all because of what prisons do and COs are the ones to blame..I mean seriously the guy robbed a bank in 1990 !!! sex offenders get less time, rapist’s get less time… This country is so messed up…and it’s only getting worse..

      Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 5:04 pm
    • Hate to argue with you JoeBlow, but there are many studies available that show NO negative impact on people who had no mental health issues to begin with. In addition, inmates like Powers aren’t/weren’t kept in isolation for rehabilitation. They are kept there to prevent them from Killing: period. Pick your poison. The same people who chastise prisons for isolating prisoners are the same people who would sue if their loved one was killed by that same prisoner.

      Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 5:27 pm
  • what a waste of space ,

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 3:36 pm
  • How does one do that in solitary confinement

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 3:04 pm
    • hes nuts

      Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 3:38 pm
      • No he got rid of those

        Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 6:00 pm
  • who cares let him kill himself

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 2:59 pm
    • How evil can you be. He should be pitied and sent to a descent hospital for rehab and also given funds to sue every last joker in that prison who abused him. Who gets 41 years for robbing a bank ?? ten years in solitary confinement they should get that too.

      Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 3:57 pm
      • DITTO KATHY PULLERA, This is bizarre. Tom Lemons= do you know how many years that correction officer in Hernando County got for robbing banks and is she in solitary confinement, or in a plush federal prison baking cookies?? Curious ? ?

        Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 5:04 pm
        • Um look him up hes one of the most dangerous men in prison system. Yall feel sorry for him and turtles sick world…

          Thursday, 9 November 2017, 7:57 am
      • Just go e the guy the tools needed to kill himself. Problem solved.

        Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 5:59 pm
    • Umm hes a federal inmate,all this happened in colarado,hcso had nothing at all to do with it if you read the story.they are just holding him for the feds for now.

      Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 7:17 pm
  • Oh my my my I believe that the psychiatrist is a sandwich short of a picnic if they think this man is mentally stable.
    Get this man on some serious psych meds before he actually is successful in commiting suicide and his family becomes millionaires because the STATE FAILED to properly diagnose his mental illness.
    Am I alone here in thinking of Silence of the Lambs, tick tock Clairece….

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 2:58 pm
  • It’s obvious the man needs help. Goes to show that our government doesn’t care about anyone.

    Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 2:39 pm
    • he needs to be disposed of,and soon.stop wasting money on people who have no worth.

      Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 3:39 pm
      • All you Ignorant Pieces of that say, Dispose of him Who Cares? He’s Nut’s, A waste of space! If he was your Dad, Your Brother, A good Veteran Friend. Shouldn’t we as God Loving People say “Please Help Him, He’s CRYING OUT FOR HELP” This is how PROGRESSIVES Label opponents. Americans are more compassionate and concerned for each other than to Label a person

        Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 4:42 pm
      • FOOD LOCKER….it is very obvious that he has serious mental issues. You are so mean and cruel but, then again, everyone is entitled to their opinion. Just for a minute and think about a close relative of yours, who you love. He goes and commits a crime and is sent to prison….how would you like to come on RNRF and read such comments as you are posting. I am praying for you just as much as I am praying for this sick individual.

        Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 6:33 pm

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