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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


2 inmates attack guard at Anamosa prison

Posted in Prison assaults on October 29, 2008 by cosgoingwrong

ANAMOSA, Iowa – State prison officials said three staff members at the prison in Anamosa were injured after they were attacked by two inmates.

Iowa Department of Corrections spokesman Fred Scaletta said the injuries were not life-threatening, and the employees were treated at a hospital and released. Their names were not released.

The incident happened Tuesday afternoon. Scaletta said the two inmates were quickly restrained, and the prison was placed on temporary lockdown.

The inmates’ names were not released pending an investigation.


Prison Guard Stabbed By Inmate

Posted in Prison assaults on October 23, 2008 by cosgoingwrong


MILTON, FL (AP) — Officers say a Santa Rosa County prison inmate stabbed a corrections officer.

A Florida Department of Corrections spokeswoman says 46-year-old inmate John Souter stabbed 31-year-old guard Andrew Parrott Wednesday morning. Parrott was taken to a hospital to be treated for a half-inch-deep wound to the chest.

The spokeswoman says Parrot was injured when he and other officers went into a cell to break up a fight between Souter and another inmate.

Souter is serving time on charges that include robbery, burglary, escape, aggravated battery and motor vehicle theft.

No charges have been filed in the stabbing, but the Department of Corrections will forward the results of its investigation to the State Attorney’s Office.


Prison Guard Slain in Front of Sacramento Home

Posted in Passings, Prison assaults on October 16, 2008 by cosgoingwrong

SACRAMENTO, CA – A state prison correctional officer dressed in uniform was gunned down as he left his Sacramento home Wednesday morning, say police. Detectives say they don’t know if the killing was a targeted hit related to the officer’s job.

The victim has been identified as Steve Lo, 39. Sacramento police spokesman Sgt. Matt Young says it appeared Lo was standing by or in the garage of his home on the 8400 block of Tambor Way in the north Laguna area just before 5 a.m. when he was shot.

Lo, who worked at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, was leaving for his shift that started at 6 a.m., according to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDRC) officials.

“All of our officers accept the risk of working in a prison, of knowing that on any shift, on any given day, there could be violence they have to respond to,” said Terry Thornton of CDCR. “So to have something like this to happen in front of his own home, it’s really hard for people to just get their minds around that.”

When officers arrived, Young said Lo was lying in the garage. Emergency personnel transported him to an area hospital where he later died of his injuries.

Police won’t say how many times Lo was shot or where he was hit. It was his wife who found him lying in the garage and called police, Young said.

According to CDCR, Lo had been a correctional officer for three years.

Thornton said Lo worked different assignments and different shifts at Vacaville. The victim was well-liked, said Thornton, and his co-workers were devastated to learn of his death.

Lo was married and had five children.

Later on Wednesday, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association posted a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of the killer or killers.

“We are deeply saddened by this terrible loss,” said CCPOA President Mike Jimenez. “We don’t know that this murder is related to his work as a correctional officer but we take the killing of any peace officer very, very seriously.”

Young says the Sacramento Police Department and the CDR are investigating the murder.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for the reward. Crime alert has also posted a reward of $1,000.


Prison staff take refuge as inmates fire homemade gun

Posted in Prison assaults on September 17, 2008 by cosgoingwrong

Staff at a Christchurch prison were forced to take refuge in a workshop when inmates armed with a home made pipe gun fired missiles in a protest over contraband searches.

The incident happened at Christchurch Men’s Jail on Monday.

The weapon had been recovered but the shooters had still to be found, the Corrections Department’s Southern assistant regional manager Ian Bourke said today.

He said the alarm was raised after inmates in the Kotuku Unit reported shots landing on the roof of the building.

“It appears a prisoner or prisoners used a pipe and an air compressor in the (engineering) workshop to fire projectiles at a unit in the prison,” Mr Bourke said.

“I won’t give specifics as to how this was done for obvious security reasons.”

Mr Bourke said the attack on the prison was in reaction to routine contraband searches that were happening within the unit.

He said staff took refuge in the workshop during the incident but no staff or prisoners were injured.

The prison went into lockdown and police were called to the scene.

“The department is committed to protecting the safety and security of staff and prisoners and we are concerned that an incident such as this occurred.”

Mr Bourke said the engineering workshop had been operating for many years and there had been very few incidents.

“The engineering workshop gives prisoners the opportunity to gain skills they may use when released,” Mr Bourke said.

“The department is committed to reducing reoffending and research shows that prisoners who find meaningful employment in the community upon release are less likely to reoffend.”

He said police and the Corrections Department were investigating the incident.


Prison inmates attack guards

Posted in Prison assaults on September 17, 2008 by cosgoingwrong

Two guards were badly beaten by a mob of Rimutaka Prison inmates, the Corrections Department says.

The attack in the Upper Hutt prison this week was a cowardly and unprovoked assault and it was considering stab-proof vests for guards, Corrections said.

The two guards were recovering at home after being treated at hospital on Tuesday night after the attack, The Dominion Post reported.

Five inmates attacked one guard, then dragged him into the laundry and beat him. Another guard who to came to help was also assaulted.

The department said it was not considering issuing staff with weapons at this stage.

Guards have been attacked 67 times in New Zealand prisons in the past financial year, up from 31 the previous year.

Corrections Association president Beven Hanlon said he wanted an urgent review of staff safety and better tools for the job.

Police and Corrections are investigating the attack.


Corrections Officer Assaulted by Inmate

Posted in Prison assaults on September 14, 2008 by cosgoingwrong


A Corrections Officer is recovering after a savage attack by an inmate.

The assault happened Tuesday at SCI Smithfield in Huntingdon County.

C.O. Russell Deeters is stabilizing, but he’s still got some very serious injuries. And as of 5:00 on Wednesday afternoon SCI Smithfield was still under partial lockdown.

State Police say the inmate John Carter attacked Deeters about 3:00 in the yard at the Huntingdon County institution.

Prison officials say Deeters didn’t do anything to provoke Carter. A source who inside the prison, who didn’t want to be named, said Deeters just asked Carter to turn down his radio, and the inmate snapped.

Prison officials did confirm that the whole attack took less than ten seconds and no weapons were involved. Other corrections officers ran over and Carter stopped hitting Deeters. He initially acted like he was going to attack the other officers, but he surrendered instead.

Deeters suffered a broken jaw, crushed sinuses and several other head injuries.

Prison officials say Carter has a long history of misconduct inside the prison system. He was in a restricted area until April of this year.

The officer was first flown to the Altoona Regional Health System for treatment, and then he was flown on to Pittsburgh. Hospital officials aren’t releasing his condition, but again the Smithfield representative said Deeters is stabilizing.

Carter was transferred out of Smithfield and is currently being held in SCI Huntingdon. Smithfield is gradually coming out of lockdown status.


Pelican Bay prison guard stabbed in face

Posted in Prison assaults on September 13, 2008 by cosgoingwrong

Officials at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City reported two maximum-security inmates attacked and stabbed a correctional officer in the face and neck Sunday night.

At around 8 p.m., Joel Campos, 19, and Felipe Ruiz, 25, were in the general population yard when they attacked Officer Jeremy Kingstrom, 31, prison officials reported.

Kingstrom was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. According to a Pelican Bay report, he has since been released.

According to information from Pelican Bay, Campos is serving a life sentence for kidnapping and car theft. Ruiz was sentenced to 98 years for two counts of attempted murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, street gang activity and assault with a firearm.

The prison is on lockdown as officials investigate the motive for the seemingly unprovoked attack, Pelican Bay reported. The Del Norte County District Attorney’s Office is aiding the investigation.

Corrections Officer Attacked at State Prison

Posted in Prison assaults on September 13, 2008 by cosgoingwrong

A corrections officer in Huntingdon County is recovering after being gruesomely attacked by a state prison inmate.

State Police at Huntingdon says inmate John Carter attacked officer Russell Deeters around 3:00PM Tuesday at the State Correctional Institution at Huntingdon. Deeters is serving a life prison sentence at the facility. Officials say the altercation happened after Dieters asked Carter to lower the volume on a radio. The attack lasted for less than 10 seconds.

Deeters is recovering at a Pittsburgh hospital. He suffered a broken jaw and other head-related injuries. Carter has since been moved out of the facility.

Six inmates charged over prison assault

Posted in Prison assaults on August 21, 2008 by cosgoingwrong

Six prisoners have been charged with an assault that left four Paremoremo inmates with stab wounds in a gang fight earlier this month.

A 38 year-old and a 20 year-old are facing three charges each of injuring with intent while four others aged between 21 and 27 have one charge of injuring with intent.

Police have poured over security camera footage from the maximum security prison.

Sources told the Herald two weeks ago that the fight was sparked by a dispute between members of the Killer Beez and the Mongrel Mob.

A number of weapons, believed to be homemade knives, were found in prison cells following a lockdown period.


3 Texas Corrections Officers Assaulted by Inmates

Posted in Prison assaults on August 21, 2008 by cosgoingwrong


Three jail employees were hospitalized after being attacked by three inmates Wednesday morning, one of whom wielded a self-made weapon.

According to the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department, the inmates were being escorted to the gym at about 8:30 a.m. when they assaulted the detention officers.

Terry Grisham, spokesman for the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, said the inmates then ran toward the elevators in an apparent attempt to escape.

Two nearby maintenance workers who happened upon the duo were also attacked when they tried to intervene.

Grisham said the inmates were overtaken a short time later and that they never left the floor the incident occurred on.

One of the maintenance workers and both officers were transported to a local hospital in unknown condition. The second maintenance worker was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Grisham said the two inmates will unquestionably face additional charges, but those charges have not yet been revealed.

The names of the inmates and victims have not yet been released.

The Tarrant County Jail is located above the Fort Worth Police Department’s headquarters on the 300 block of W. Belknap Street in downtown.


Prisoner charged in wheelchair attack on guard

Posted in Prison assaults on August 15, 2008 by cosgoingwrong


ANDERSON, IN (AP) – Prosecutors have filed an attempted murder charge against a prison inmate who is accused of beating a guard with the padded steel armrest of his wheelchair.

Forty-year-old Scott A. Nicholson of Bedford was a resident of the Pendleton Correctional Facility on Aug. 7, 2007, when prosecutors say he attacked 63-year-old prison guard Loren Hartley.

Hartley suffered numerous cuts and bruises in the attack.

Nicholson also faces the death penalty in the death of a fellow inmate at the Miami Correctional Facility.

He is charged with the murder of 64-year-old David L. Hensley, who was beaten to death with the arm of a wheelchair. Hensley was bedridden when he was killed in the prison’s infirmary.


Battery trial begins in jail assault

Posted in Prison assaults on August 14, 2008 by cosgoingwrong

A trial is underway today for a defendant in the 2006 Hamilton Avenue slayings on a felony battery charge stemming from an incident inside Marion County Jail.

Desmond Turner, 30, was accused of striking a corrections officer during a scuffle in January 2007. The incident was the third to result in battery charges and spurred Turner’s transfer to the state-run Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in southwestern Indiana to await trial in the murder case.

In today’s trial, jurors will hear evidence that Turner assaulted corrections officer Michael Gunyon, who received treatment for a facial injury and leg pain. He was convicted of spitting on jail officers in two other cases.

If convicted of battery, Turner would face up to 3 years in prison.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Turner in the Hamilton Avenue slayings of seven members of a family on Indianapolis’ Near Eastside. That case is set for trial in February, and Turner’s co-defendant is James Stewart.


Prison guard stabbed in face

Posted in Prison assaults on July 19, 2008 by cosgoingwrong

A Paremoremo prison guard was hospitalised yesterday with serious injuries after being stabbed repeatedly by an inmate upset over being denied a phone call.

The Fijian-Indian officer, who is understood to be in his mid-40s, was set upon and stabbed in the face and chest with an aluminium shard by two inmates shortly after 10.30am.

The attack, which comes a fortnight after the vicious beating of a Rimutaka prison officer, is likely to spark renewed calls for guards to be armed with Tasers.

Yesterday’s attack took place in Paremoremo’s B block, a maximum and high to medium security area that houses some of the country’s most dangerous inmates, including convicted murderer Graeme Burton.

It is understood the guard was attacked after an inmate became extremely agitated when he was unable to make a telephone call.

According to an eyewitness, the man, aided by another inmate, grabbed the guard and stabbed him several times.

“There was total commotion, blood everywhere, all over the walls and floor. You wouldn’t have believed what a mess it was,” the witness said, adding that the guard was saved only by the quick intervention of two other guards. The guard was rushed to hospital and was last night believed to be in a serious but stable condition.

Corrections and police have launched separate inquiries into the incident and it is likely criminal charges will follow.

Another Paremoremo inmate spoken to after the attack said it had left guards at the prison “on edge”.

He said a worrying new culture of violence was beginning to show at Paremoremo and Corrections seemed powerless to stamp it out.

Corrections spokeswoman Jeanette Burns said it was taking the attack seriously.

“One assault is one too many. Unfortunately, custodial staff work in a volatile environment and they [attacks such as yesterday's] do occur on occasion,” she said.

“Many prisoners have long histories of antisocial behaviour and react to situations of frustration or anger using violence with little warning.”



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