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EXCLUSIVE — DUI Killer, Polo Mogul John Goodman: I Found Religion in Prison!


EXCLUSIVE — DUI Killer, Polo Mogul John Goodman: I Found Religion in Prison!

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John Goodman’s latest mugshot, taken a few weeks ago after he arrived in his faith-based prison camp (Florida Department of Corrections photo)

flag-exclusiveWAKULLA — Imprisoned Wellington polo mogul John Goodman found religion!

Goodman, 52, who killed a recent college graduate in a DUI crash in 2010 in Wellington, has just been transferred to what the state’s Department of Corrections describes as a “faith and character based” prison.

There, the trust-funding millionaire is being mentored by volunteers who are supposed to teach him how to be a good, productive member of society.

State records obtained by Gossip Extra show Goodman is now at the Wakulla Correctional Institution near the Florida Panhandle town of Crawfordville.

It’s yet another Gossip Extra scoop obtained while West Palm Beach’s out-of-town corporate media are busy dying. Be the first  to get the news you care about: Click here to subscribe to our daily news alerts!

The medium security institution is home to about 1,400 men and for the past ten years has been a Faith and Character Based Institution, something jailbirds refer to as FCBI.

Wakulla County's faith based prison camp: Wellington polo mogul John Goodman's new home! (FDOC photo)

Wakulla County’s faith based prison camp: Wellington polo mogul John Goodman’s new home! (FDOC photo)

Unless he wins an appeal or he is transferred again, Texas native Goodman is schedule to be at the camp until February 2030.

He was found guilty of DUI manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in 2014  the death of motorist Scott Wilson at an intersection in rural Wellington.

Goodman was found guilty after two trials in which he blamed the accident on his Bentley, claiming the engine malfunctioned and caused the car to surge forward and crash into Wilson.

So, what exactly is FCBI?

According to state websites, FCBI is “an innovative effort to reduce recidivism and disciplinary infractions in correctional institutions by offering faith and character based programming in a positive environment to inmates committed to inner transformation.

“This initiative offers inmates a variety of activities and classes (both religious and secular) focused on personal growth and character development.

“This program employs residential clustering to encourage a sense of community among enrolled inmates.

“Citizen volunteers are utilized to mentor inmates and volunteers teach inmates in an open public forum. Volunteer programming is rich with positive reinforcement designed to help inmates take well-defined steps toward mature and responsible living.”

In order words, Wilson’s family and Palm Beach County’s taxpayers might even get an apology one of these days!


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