Category Archives: Prison Issues

Burglar Jailed In Shereveport, La

Early morning on June 11, 2016, Sounds of broken glass prompted neighbors in the area of West 70th St. to phone police. Soon after, police arrived at a local restaurant, near the area where the suspicious activity was reported. The building was obviously damaged, with broken windows included. The suspect was reported to be suffering from a gun shot wound to the hand, acquired in an earlier dispute. Police then encountered a person matching that description, in the vicinity of the restaurant.
It was later discovered that the suspect they encountered and apprehended at the restaurant was the burglary suspect in the restaurant defacing. It also seems that the gunshot wound to the hand he was suffering from was self inflicted at some point when he broke into the building. It was discovered on surveillance video from the establishment that the 17-year-old suspect acted alone. He has since been booked into the Shreveport Jail.

Complacency and Corruption at Heart of NY Prison Escape

A report has recently been released that gives some insight into the successful escape by two inmates from the Clinton Correctional Facility last year. Much of this information comes from a statement by the surviving member of the duo, David Sweat. Sweat was captured after 3 weeks on the run. His partner, Richard Matt, was shot and killed during the course of the manhunt for the two men.

In Sweat’s 150-page statement, he details how he and Matt courted a woman, Joyce Mitchell, who worked in the prison’s tailor shop. He revealed how she smuggled tools, like drill bits, chisels and hacksaw blades, into the prison. Sweat goes on to detail how it took 85 days to dig through the prison walls to the outside. He had no building blueprints and basically used a trial and error method until he was successful.

Mitchell was also supposed to be outside the night of the escape with her car to pick the two men up. She never showed and they had to continue their escape on foot.

Sweat credits his escape to the lax security at the prison. He called the guards lazy and unconcerned. Most nights the guards never came through and did cell checks, nor did they inspect or patrol the catwalks and walkways where he was working. He said he was so sure of the laziness and blasé attitude, that he worked confidently and was unconcerned about being caught.

The information in Sweat’s report, and subsequent investigation into the matter, have led to charges being filed against some employees, numerous firings and resignations. The attorney general, Catherine Leahy Scott, commented on the events, saying “…failure to adhere to the most basic security standards uncovered by my investigation was egregious and inexcusable.”

Rikers Island Under Investigation For Unruly Guards

N.Y.C’s Modification Division has produced significant advancement toward creating “bearing reform” at Rikers Island, although assault against prisoners remains a substantial problem, the national tracking team managing a re making of city prisons published in a statement submitted on Thursday.

In the last weeks since a federal judge granted final approval to a far-reaching settlement arrangement designed to stop ongoing violence and negligence at metropolis prisons, the section has employed hundreds of new discipline officers, revisited coaching processes and guidelines regulating when officers may use too much pressure on prisoners, added 1,350 extra surveillance cameras and dramatically decreased the utilization of solitary confinement, the statement mentioned.

In several places, the department has fulfilled or exceeded necessary, the statement mentioned.

“The departments operation to date should be the stakeholders carefully confident that real change is under way and building momentum,” the statement mentioned.

Mysterious prisoner injuries, inappropriate use of pepper spray and unreported uses of unnecessary force also remained an issue, the statement mentioned.

The section has developed a new and improved plan requiring the use of bodily force by officers, among the necessary circumstances. Though the plan is not going to be completely put in place until June 2017, the section states that a new and improved instruction processes have minimized severe incidents and cell block conflicts.

In order to improve the inspections and investigations of unfair and unruly guards, the section has started to strengthen its internal affairs section. As of March 2016, the department had 129 researchers, in contrast to 66 in Jan 2015, and plans to employ 40 more, the statement mentioned. And the department has created a electronic case management system to replace document-based report maintaining.

In a statement, Frederick Ponte, the modification commissioner, stated the section looked forward to working together with the observation group “as we prepare for what is yet to come.”

Brawl at Texas Prison Caused by Flooding

Power outages can be a pretty big deal in this day and age. For most people the loss of power is mainly and inconvenience, and leads to a lack of lighting and disconnection from the internet. But for a prison, the loss of power can be a catastrophe. Last week, Southeast Texas experienced having rains and flooding, which led to massive power outages all across the region. At the Luther Unit prison in Novasota, the powerwent out at 10 am on Saturday, and led to massive brawling and riots.

Normally a secondary generator would have come on and saved the day, but the flooding damaged the generator. Most of the locks and other security measures in the prison are controlled electronically, and the power outage caused major problems within the prison until it could be restored. About 50 inmates of the 1,300 housed in the prison were involved in the brawl before power was restored and the peace was restored. The fighting caused by the power did not result in any major injuries, but 3 of the inmates were sent to a nearby hospital for stitches once order had been restored. Fortunately there were no escapes reported during the sudden power outage.