Archive for January, 2009

Former Jail Employees Claim Retaliation

Posted in Articles on January 30, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

KANSAS CITY, Kan.Former Wyandotte County Jail employees claim a jail controversy cost them their jobs.

 Tamara Jefferies, a former jail supervisor, worked for the jail for 10 years and was fired in December.

 Jefferies said she saw deputies abusing inmates on a daily basis, and she said when she reported it, it was covered up or ignored.

 Last spring, Jefferies’ former boss, Wyandotte County Jail Administrator Randal Henderson, claimed he was also wrongly fired for speaking out.

Jefferies also said the jail is overcrowded and serious offenders are sent to a minimum security facility.

 Representatives of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, and the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department declined to comment, saying it would be in appropriate to do so because the matters were in litigation.

source: http://www.kctv5.com/news/18604774/detail.html

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5 ACI guards hurt in attack by inmate

Posted in Prison assaults on January 17, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

CRANSTON — Five corrections officers were hurt Wednesday in an attack by an out-of-state inmate who had just arrived at the Adult Correctional Institutions’ Intake Service Center, corrections officials said yesterday.

A lieutenant and four officers were hurt badly enough to require hospital treatment, said Dave Mellon, president of the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers. He said the lieutenant needed “multiple stitches” to close wounds he suffered in the attack. Corrections spokeswoman Tracey Z. Poole said the lieutenant and one officer would be off work for an undetermined amount of time. Continue reading

Federal immigration officials terminate contract with RI detention facility after inmate death

Posted in Articles on January 15, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Federal immigration officials have terminated their contract with a detention facility following an investigation into the death of an inmate, and several members of the local board that oversees the jail have been replaced.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said the federal agency notified officials at Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls of the cancellation Thursday.
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Lee County Jail Bans Toothbrushes

Posted in Articles on January 15, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

LEE COUNTY, FL — One Florida jail has banned toothbrushes in an effort to cut down on handmade weapons, or “shivs”.

 

Lee County deputies banned the handheld toothbrushes from jail cells because they can pose a safety concern.

Inmates can sharpen the edges of the handles of traditional toothbrushes and use them as knives.

Earlier this week deputies began swapping out regular toothbrushes for fingertip brushes.

“We’re taking away the ability of an inmate to manufacture a possible weapon in a correctional setting,” said Sergeant David Valez.

Deputies sweep cells everyday looking for contraband and say this is just the first step in reducing crime in jail.

source: http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/florida/news-article.aspx?storyid=128638&provider=rss

Ontario’s correctional officers say they’re ready to strike in weeks

Posted in Uncategorized on January 13, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

TORONTO – Ontario’s correctional officers are bracing for a potential strike, and if it ends up being anything like the 51-day labour dispute of 2002, life inside the province’s jails could become exceedingly ugly in a few weeks.

 

The workers provide an essential service and can’t walk off the job entirely, but the last time the Ontario Public Service Employees Union went on strike, staffing levels in the corrections system were minimal and chaos was common. Continue reading

Layoffs at WA Department of Corrections

Posted in Articles on January 13, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

OLYMPIA, Wash– With the economic downturn, Governor Gregoire has had to make some budget cuts. Some of those cuts include the Department of Corrections.

On Friday the D.O.C. confirmed they will be making some layoffs. KNDU talked to the Deputy Director of the Department. He says besides budget cuts they did a case load forecast.  They found that the number of offenders is going down. Now that means less offenders will be filling beds in Washington State Prisons. Continue reading

Prison inmate charged with attempted murder

Posted in Uncategorized on January 13, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

A 47 year-old man has been charged with the attempted murder of a prisoner at Rimutaka.

Detective Grant Mumby said the alleged stabbing happened on Boxing Day at the prison after an argument. Continue reading