Archive for June, 2009

Union criticizes prison bureau for understaffing, lack of safety equipment

Posted in Articles on June 12, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

The American Federation of Government Employees blasted the leadership of the Bureau of Prisons on Thursday, saying the agency was understaffed and jeopardized corrections officers’ safety by failing to provide them with stab-resistant vests. An agency spokeswoman said the bureau was working on both issues.

“We have lost all faith in the Bureau of Prisons management,” said John Gage, president of AFGE. “We think their whole understanding of the mission of the bureau is outdated, it’s wrong. We are taking our case to the attorney general; we believe it is his responsibility to correct this situation immediately.” Continue reading


Federal judge tosses former state prison corrections officer’s harassment suit

Posted in Articles on June 12, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

A federal magistrate on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by a former Fayette County state prison corrections officer who claims he and other black guards were singled out for pat-downs and searches of their vehicles for drugs.

In a 27-page opinion, U.S Magistrate Judge Robert C. Mitchell ruled that efforts by the state Department of Corrections and a lieutenant in 2005 to investigate the possible smuggling of contraband into the State Correctional Institution in Luzerne did not violate Joseph E. Wheeler’s rights. Continue reading

Federal prison guards shoot inmate in Indiana

Posted in Articles on June 12, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Federal prison guards shot at least one inmate while breaking up a fight yesterday at the U.S. Penitentiary. A second inmate was hospitalized with unspecified injuries.

 “Two inmates were transported to the local hospital for treatment of their injuries with one inmate sustaining a gunshot wound,” prison spokeswoman Hattie Sims said, adding that the fight began shortly after 8 a.m. 

 Sims said she had no information on the condition of the injured inmates. 

 “We are secure here,” she said. “The public is not at risk.” 

 The prison, about 70 miles west of Indianapolis, was placed on lockdown, Sims said. 

The fight broke out in the recreation yard. When the combatants failed to stop, “shots were fired by institution staff to prevent the possible loss of life,” Sims said.

No guards were injured, she said.

The Terre Haute prison is the only place in the nation housing federal death row inmates and the only place where they are executed. Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was put to death at the prison in 2001 for the 1995 bombing that killed 168 people.

Current inmates include American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh, who is serving a 20-year sentence for aiding the Islamic militants in Afghanistan.

Inmate Sues Over 55-Hour Erection

Posted in Articles on June 11, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

An ex-prisoner in New York is suing his former prison nurse for failing to treat his painful erection, which lasted for 55 hours before he was admitted to a hospital.

Ex-con Dawud Yaduallah says he became worried after his anti-psychotic medication left him erect for 14 hours. He checked into the prison infirmary, where, according to the lawsuit, nurse Judith Lovelace simply told him to put ice on his penis and sent him back to his cell.

Yaduallah says he suffered for two more days — long enough to cause permanent damage, but not long enough for his wife to plan a conjugal visit — before being taken to a hospital. His lawsuit claims that Lovelace’s negligence caused “severe damage to his penis, including erectile dysfunction, inability to ejaculate and pain during sexual intercourse.”

Even worse than the physical distress is the fact that other inmates won’t stop asking him, “Is that a shiv in your jumpsuit or are you just happy to see me?”

Prisoners resurrect 500-year-old slang

Posted in Articles on June 8, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

The British Ministry of Justice is warning the country’s prisons that prisoners have taken to using a 16th-century slang to hide talk about drug deals.

The 500-year-old dialect, which is known as thieves’ cant or rogues’ cant, was believed to have been developed by medieval gypsies and adopted by a handful of scoundrels across England. Officials at Buckley Hall Prison in Rochdale said the dialect has resurfaced as a code for drug trafficking, the Daily Mail reported Monday

Officials said they determined that chat and onick are being used as code for heroin, while cawbe denotes crack cocaine and inick is code for a cell phone or a SIM card.

This is the most ingenious use of a secret code we have ever come across, an official at the 381-prisoner facility said. Elizabethan cant was only used by a tiny number of people and it is quite amazing that is has been resurrected in order to buy drugs. Some inmates will try anything to get contraband into jail.

The Ministry of Justice sent a security alert to officials at prisons in England and Wales warning them to be aware of the code.


US prison warden’s talk cancelled after threats

Posted in Articles on June 7, 2009 by cosgoingwrong
A TALK by a leading figure from the US prison network to Scottish business leaders has been cancelled after heated protests were made to event organisers.
Burl Cain, warden of Louisiana State Penitentiary – nicknamed “Angola” – was due to address the Winning Entrepreneurs business network in Edinburgh tomorrow night at Prestonfield House Hotel.
However, the event has been cancelled after a series

of “aggressive” calls were made to Winning Entrepreneurs, while a flurry of protest e-mails were also sent to the organisers. Continue reading

Corrections officers rally at Capital

Posted in Articles on June 5, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

 ALBANY – The state’s prison guards are warning about the size of staff cutbacks. They rallied Tuesday at the Capitol.

Where the people who staff the state’s prisons are concerned, conditions have deteriorated and are still getting worse. While the administration says inmate population is shrinking, meaning facilities can close and fewer corrections officers are needed, the rank and file see it differently.

As hundreds of corrections officers rallied at the Capitol, the leaders of the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association voiced their complaints publicly — defying what they say is a strongly encouraged administration policy. Continue reading