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Prisoners attack female officers

Posted in Prison assaults on June 27, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

Three female prison officers have been attacked by inmates in Maghaberry prison in County Antrim.

It happened during visiting time on Friday after staff spotted a visitor trying to smuggle a watch to a prisoner.

One of the prison officers suffered broken ribs, another a broken wrist and a third was left with a bruised face.

Finlay Spratt, chairman of the Prison Officers Association, said the attack was despicable.

“Those people should face the full vigour of the law,” he said.

“Their job is to stop contraband coming into the prisons and when they do it these visitors and prisoners don’t like being caught and that is what has happened here.”



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

Inmate convicted of attacking Fayette prison counselor

Posted in Prison assaults on January 10, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

UNIONTOWN, Pa. — A man serving a life sentence for an eastern Pennsylvania murder has also been convicted and sentenced for attacking a counselor with a razor at a prison in Fayette County.

A Fayette jury took just 90 minutes to convict 31-year-old David Harris in the attack on Crystal Gallagher at the State Correctional Institution-Fayette on Dec. 21, 2007.

The jury was deadlocked on an attempted homicide charge but convicted Mr. Harris of aggravated assault and other charges yesterday. Judge Gerald Solomon immediately sentenced Mr. Harris to 42 to 126 years in prison.

Ms. Gallagher says her three young children didn’t recognize her immediately after the attack.

Mr. Harris was already serving time for a murder in Schuylkill County. He didn’t argue or ask any questions during the one-day trial.


Baker County Corrections Officer Back at Work after Inmate Attack

Posted in Prison assaults on January 10, 2009 by cosgoingwrong


SANDERSON, FL — Florida Department of Corrections officials say a female Corrections Officer is back at work after being attacked by an inmate.

DOC Spokesperson Gretl Plessinger says the attack happened around four p.m. Monday, in the Baker Correctional Institution in Sanderson. Continue reading

Prison maintenance supervisor stabbed by inmate

Posted in Prison assaults on December 31, 2008 by cosgoingwrong

PENDLETON, Ind. (AP) – Authorities say a prison maintenance supervisor was stabbed in the leg and lower body by a convicted murderer.

A spokesman for the Pendleton Correctional Facility says Joseph Neill suffered 10 puncture wounds in the attack Monday morning. He was treated at a hospital in Anderson and returned to work later in the day.

Prison spokesman Neil Potter says 49-year-old Jeffrey Treadway used a “homemade weapon” to stab Neill. Treadway was transferred to another maximum-security facility.

Potter says Treadway stabbed Neill because Neill had filed a disciplinary report against Treadway for theft.


Sheriff hurt during scuffle with inmate

Posted in Prison assaults on December 28, 2008 by cosgoingwrong

HELENA – The Blaine County sheriff suffered minor injuries Tuesday during a brawl with an inmate he was taking back to the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge.

Sheriff Glenn Huestis said he and 23-year-old inmate Curry Norquay were passing through Lewis and Clark County from the Havre detention center when they stopped at the Dearborn rest area for a bathroom break.

Norquay, who is in custody on a felony aggravated-burglary conviction, is accused of slipping his right hand out of his handcuffs and hitting Huestis in the head and face.

“The next thing I know, I am seeing stars,” said Huestis, who wasn’t sure how Norquay was able to free his hand.

A truck driver armed with a crowbar stood guard nearby as the sheriff restrained the inmate. Huestis received stitches to his mouth and brow, and Norquay appeared in Justice Court via teleconference Tuesday afternoon on felony charges of assault on a peace officer and attempted escape.

The sheriff was taking Norquay back to the prison after the inmate’s hearing on a probation violation from felony theft and burglary charges out of Blaine County was postponed. Norquay was sentenced to 25 years in prison for a Cascade County charge of aggravated burglary.

Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said Huestis’ gun was hidden in the vehicle throughout the fight.

Dutton’s office will investigate the incident to see how Norquay might have freed his hand.


Guard cites prison staff cuts for attack

Posted in Prison assaults on December 28, 2008 by cosgoingwrong

PENDLETON – A prison guard who was beaten by an inmate claims she was made vulnerable to attack by staffing cuts at the Pendleton Correctional Facility.

Brandi Gilland said she was attacked about 11 p.m. Dec. 21 by an inmate who may have been irate because she had previously confiscated his MP3 player. She fended off her attacker with pepper spray and used her keys to escape the locked 48-cell unit. The 30-year-old Daleville woman suffered a black eye and split lips.

She said she was considering a lawsuit against the Department of Correction.

Gilland told the Herald Bulletin of Anderson that recent changes in procedure due to reduced staffing have made the 1,900-inmate maximum-security prison unsafe.

Prison Superintendent Brett A. Mize, however, said the prison staff of 347 is only eight fewer than a year ago, and that includes 298 guards. Mize said he had received permission to hire 11 more officers and two additional sergeants, who are expected to start in mid-January