Tag Archives: use of force

NZ: Prison staff could wear cameras to reduce assaults

This is the first I’ve heard of this idea – staff wearing cameras.  I’m not sure if that’s a good idea or not – after all, if you want to beef up camera footage, wouldn’t you just make sure that there were no blind spots in the units?  Today’s cameras are pretty high tech and can capture detail down to what an officer is writing in a log book.

Read more about increased security measures in New Zealand’s jails here.

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UK: Five Prison Staff Suspended After Lee Rigby Murder Suspect Injured In Belmarsh

From the article: “Five members of prison staff have been suspended after Woolwich murder suspect Michael Adebolajo lost two teeth when he was restrained in jail. The 28-year-old was injured at high-security Belmarsh prison in south-east London on Wednesday, where he is being held on suspicion of murdering soldier Lee Rigby.”

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Singapore: Inmate’s death: Prison officer pleads guilty

From the article: “The prosecution, recounting the incident of Sept 27, 2010, said [the deceased] – who was serving a jail sentence for rioting and theft – had to be restrained after he had kicked a prison warden in his abdomen at about 10.45am in Changi Prison. He was moved to a disciplinary housing unit and left alone on the ground in a “prone position” by officers under the supervision of Lim.”

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Force used more against black inmates in Ohio prisons, report shows

From the article: “The Correctional Institution Inspection Committee released the report yesterday showing that 64.6 percent of “use of force” incidents in 2012 involved blacks, who make up 45.7 percent of the total prison population. Blacks make up 12.5 percent of Ohio’s overall population.”

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Former Ala. guard: Supervisor said kill inmate

From the article: “Glenn said he was working the night of Aug. 4, 2010, when officer Melissa Brown radioed that an inmate had jumped on her and she needed help. He said Smith, who was the supervisor that night, came on the radio a short while later. “He said, ‘Make sure y’all kill” him, Glenn testified.”

Perhaps that was an idle comment, you say.  Perhaps he was just joking or being hyperbolic.

Glenn said that when Smith arrived on the scene, he beat Mack with a fiberglass baton until it broke, stomped him repeatedly, and placed a foot on his neck even though Mack wasn’t resisting. After learning that Mack had died, he told officers that “he deserved it,” Glenn testified.

No.

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AL: Fired prison boss facing trial in inmate death

From the article: “A fired Alabama prison supervisor was set to go on trial Wednesday, accused of severely beating an inmate and then covering it up after the prisoner died.”

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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…

Read the article here.

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AZ: San Luis prison officers fired over excessive force

From the article: “Two Arizona Department of Corrections officers have been terminated, and a third forced to resign, following an incident in which excessive use of force was used on an inmate inside Arizona State Prison Complex-Yuma.”

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Former Wilcox County, Georgia, Sheriff and Others Sentenced for Assaulting Inmate

From the press release: “Stacy Bloodsworth pleaded guilty on Oct. 22, 2012.   During his plea hearing, Stacy Bloodsworth admitted that on July 23, 2009, while he was the sheriff, he was inside the Wilcox County Jail with several other individuals, including Austin Bloodsworth, Caruthers, King and Owens.   Stacy Bloodsworth ordered three inmates out of their cells because he was angry that one of them reportedly had a cell phone, in violation of Wilcox County Jail regulations.   Bloodsworth hit all three inmates, and also watched as other participants struck and kicked the inmates.    After it appeared that one inmate’s jaw had been broken, Stacy Bloodsworth used a wrench in an attempt to put his broken jaw back into place.   Approximately one week later, the inmate was brought to a local hospital, where his jaw had to be wired shut.   The other two inmates who had been assaulted suffered lacerations, bruising and pain.”

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Feds: Ex-deputy pepper-sprayed helpless NY inmate

People, seriously, you can’t mace a handcuffed inmate.  Seriously.

Read the article here.

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