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Prison break in Tunisia; at least 3 dozen at large

“CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen said that al Qaeda “actually announced a year ago that they were going to do this campaign of releasing prisoners from prison and they conducted something like seven prison assaults, a couple of which have been quite successful.”

Prison breaks.  The new frontier in terrorism.

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Bolivia: Inmate melee leaves 15 dead, 50 injured

From the article: “At least 15 inmates were killed, many in a fire, early Friday in a battle among inmates for control of part of an overcrowded maximum-security prison in Bolivia’s eastern lowlands, the national police chief said. Chief Alberto Aracena said at least seven of the 50 injured were in critical condition after the melee began with the explosion of a propane gas canister that triggered a fire at the Palmasola prison outside the regional capital of Santa Cruz.”

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About 150 Inmates Escape From Indonesian Prison

From the article: “Prison directorate spokesman Akbar Hadi said the inmates forced their way out from Tanjung Gusta Prison in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province, while others set the prison’s offices on fire.”

Umm…who were the guys who were like, “Well, I could leave…naah, I’ll just set some stuff on fire.”

What might have caused the riot, you ask?

Hadi said about 15 officers were being held captive inside the prison. It holds about 2,400 prisoners but media reports say its normal capacity is 400.

2,400 prisoners in a prison for 400?  That sounds safe.  But wait, there’s more!

The riot appeared to have been triggered by a blackout that knocked out the pumps that supplied water to the prison, leaving inmates without water since Thursday morning, Hadi said in a text message.

Well, I can see what they might have been a mite perturbed by.  I also love that he does his press releases via text message.  Clearly, child labor laws continue to be violated in Indonesia.

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MS: Prison company wants dismissal of riot lawsuit

From the article: “The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, says CCA ‘created a dangerous atmosphere for the correction officers by depriving inmates of basic needs and treating them inhumanely.'”  The riot resulted in the death of an officer and injuries to at least 20.

The officer was off duty on the day of the riot, but was called in to help.  Reportedly, staff had been informed that the inmate population was volatile, but failed to act.  Further, the officer was reportedly not told that he was on a “hit list.”

CCA’s argument is that inmates killed the officer.

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Ohio prison works to reduce inmate assaults

From the article: “Inmate-on-inmate assaults nearly doubled in two years at a north-central Ohio prison, higher than the statewide average, according to a new report that also notes an increase in disturbances and low morale among guards.”

The union says that the report paints too rosy a picture of the facility and that it’s still a dangerous place to work.

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New Zealand: Prison boss defends inmate riot tactics

From the article: “Officers confronted by 29 rioting inmates at the Spring Hill prison would have been overwhelmed if they had tried to use pepper spray, Corrections Department chief executive Ray Smith says.”

So, what do you think was their better option?

Mr Smith said the prison officers who arrested the rioting inmates had “the tools that were best going to work”, including helmets, shields, stab-proof vests and batons.

No offense to the prison staff, but that is malarkey.  It is always more dangerous to use instruments that force an officer to get within arms’ length of a rioting inmate (or any person).  Batons and physical force always place officers and inmates at more risk.  The better option would have been non-lethal chemical munitions.  I don’t agree with the Corrections Association president’s comments in the article, but I do agree that officers should have ready access to chemical munitions – in this case, they were apparently locked away and inaccessible, so they might as well have not have had any at all.

Then again, hindsight is always 20/20 in critical incident management…

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OH: Fears of Lucasville riot repeat rising

It’s the 20th anniversary of the deadliest prison riot in Ohio. Read the article, which compares conditions in Ohio prisons in 1993 to now.

The officers’ union is saying that we currently have conditions in Ohio that are similar to those that precipitated the Lucasville riot.  However, as a former inmate says in this article, we’re not anywhere close to riot conditions in Ohio.  At least not at SOCF.  Maybe other prisons.

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Thailand: Prisoners riot after inmate ‘left to die’ of heart attack

From the article: “Angered at guards for ignoring their calls for help when Somchai Pheeranuwat collapsed at 2.30am and for leaving him in his cell unattended for four hours, some 50 occupants of Somchai’s block in Zone 4 were the first to cause a disturbance.”

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400 Inmates Fight at Arizona Prison; 19 Injured

From the article: “The prison is investigating the cause of the fight, which broke out in the Whetstone Unit. Nearly 1,250 prisoners are housed in that unit, which is one of eight at the prison.”

Holy cow.  1,250 inmates in one unit?  And there are eight of them?  Sounds awful even before the fight.

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SC: Lee prison riots fuel a call for more funds

From the article: “Since April, inmates have taken over parts of the prison twice, capturing two outnumbered corrections officers and stabbing one. Wielding keys they made out of sawed-off parts of fiberglass shower stalls, inmates had slipped out of their dorms at night to pick up packages of drugs and cellphones that outsiders had thrown over the fences. Inmates used cellphones to coordinate the attacks on officers.”

Officials want to construct guard towers to keep watch for contraband being thrown over the fence, make repairs to facilities, and increase corrections’ officers salaries.

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