Archive for September, 2009

Ohio inmate ‘traumatized’ after failed execution

Posted in Articles on September 21, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The lawyer for an inmate whose execution was halted after an unprecedented two hours said trying to put him to death again in a week could be a disaster.

Romell Broom is still recovering from Tuesday’s prolonged execution attempt and is physically and emotionally traumatized, his attorney, Adele Shank, said Wednesday.

“It went so badly when he was walking in without injured veins, to go forward so soon afterward just seems to be inviting disaster,” Shank said.

Gov. Ted Strickland’s decision to stop Tuesday’s execution and grant a one-week reprieve appeared to be unprecedented since capital punishment was declared constitutional and the nation resumed executions in the 1970s.

Inmates in several states have experienced delays with the injection of lethal chemicals, but those executions have always proceeded the same day.

Shank said one option was to ask Strickland to consider a request for clemency and to commute Broom’s sentence.

Strickland said he is reviewing the incident and consulting with prison officials and others about the next step.

“That does not mean there will be a review of the larger issue of lethal injections,” Strickland said Wednesday. “That’s been settled. Obviously yesterday demonstrated that we have a problem with this particular set of circumstances.” Continue reading

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Inmate injures five prison guards at CFCF

Posted in Articles on September 21, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

A mentally ill inmate injured five prison guards during a vicious attack at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility earlier today, officials said.
The guards were in the process of locking inmates in their cells about 10:30 a.m. when they found Edward Braswell sitting in the wrong cell, said prison spokesman Bob Eskind.
“They tried to move him, but he refused,” he said.
An instant later, chaos filled the cell as Braswell launched into an attack.
He rained fists down on a female sergeant, three male corrections officers and one female officer, all of whom were unable to stop the onslaught, Eskind said.
The guards tried using pepper spray on Braswell, to no avail.
“Pepper spray doesn’t help with mental-health inmates. Nothing can stop them,” said Lorenzo North, the president of the prison guards’ union, Local 159.
Other guards rushed to the scene and eventually subdued Braswell, Eskind said.
When the dust settled, the five guards were all nursing injuries, some of them serious.
One male officer suffered a broken ankle and broken finger, and was being monitored overnight at Aria Health-Torresdale, Eskind said.
The female sergeant suffered head trauma, after Braswell slugged her in the face five times, grabbed her by the hair and slammed hear head into a cinder-block wall, North said. Continue reading

Family blames heroin in Fayette inmate’s jail hanging

Posted in Articles on September 21, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

A Fayette County man who died after he was found hanging in his jail cell had planned to return to school to pursue dreams of becoming a mechanic, but he couldn’t shake a heroin addiction that his mother and sister said fueled his downward spiral.

Cade William Stevens, 25, of 257 Lucky Lane, Dawson, was found at 10:06 a.m. Saturday hanging by bedsheets from cell bars at the Fayette County Prison. He was pronounced dead within the hour at Uniontown Hospital.

State police said Stevens apparently hanged himself between 9:40 a.m. and 10:06 a.m.

Two unidentified corrections officers were suspended yesterday with pay pending completion of an investigation, said Warden Larry Medlock.

The Fayette County Prison Board yesterday indicated it might take additional disciplinary action when it meets later this month. They can’t act until after Medlock and a human resources representative meet with the two guards. The meetings are required as per terms of the county’s contract with the guards’ union, United Mine Workers Local 9113. Continue reading

Report: Prison Worker Sex Abuse Up Sharply

Posted in Articles on September 11, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

Accusations of sexual abuse at the hands of federal prison workers doubled in the past eight years, according to a new government report released Thursday.

Justice Department inspector general Glenn Fine found that claims made against Bureau of Prisons staff members increased dramatically from 2001 to 2008. Claims of sexual misconduct more than doubled, rising 130 percent in the same period.

According to the findings, female prison workers had a disproportionately higher percentage of accusations against them, yet those women who were convicted were less likely to serve time behind bars. Continue reading

Pasco sheriff’s office sued over jail inmate’s death

Posted in Articles on September 11, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

NEW PORT RICHEY – The family of a New Port Richey man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, saying he died because of the poor medical and psychological care he received during a jail stay.

Thomas James Fredenburg died Sept. 10, 2007, at Tampa General Hospital following a two-week stay at the Land O’ Lakes Jail. He was 28. An autopsy found that Fredenburg died of blunt trauma to the head.

Fredenburg was booked into the jail on an aggravated battery charge Aug. 24, 2007. According to the 23-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Tampa, he told jail medical staff that he had a drug problem and had been taking Soma, Valium and oxycodone. The next day, he reported experiencing opiate withdrawal. Continue reading

Jail Officer Dies After Fight With Inmate

Posted in Articles, Passings on September 9, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

BARTOW | A Polk County Jail detention sergeant died Tuesday from complications after surgery to repair injuries suffered in an altercation with an “out-of-control” inmate, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Sgt. Ronnie Brown, 48, underwent surgery for broken vertebrae Monday, eight days after the fight at the South County Jail, and he died Tuesday morning at Winter Haven Hospital, Sheriff Grady Judd said.

Brown is the first Polk detention officer to die in the line of duty, sheriff’s officials said.

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Prison warden takes on role as film critic at ACI

Posted in Articles on September 9, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

CRANSTON — Chick flick or Clint Eastwood? Disney or Quentin Tarantino? It’s an aggravating exercise for couples or families with children: The video store debate over what to rent.

But for James Weeden, a warden at the Adult Correctional Institutions, the stakes are higher. Parents dread tantrums. He worries about riots.

Weeden and his staff pick the programming for an unusual audience, the 400 or more inmates in the ACI’s maximum security unit. They have particular characteristics and tastes that have to be considered. Continue reading