Audio – Senator Keith Ingram Reporting News From 91st General Assembly
October 12th, 2017 • News

October 12, 2017- Senator Keith Ingram audio report of news from the 91st General Assembly.

  • The Correction Department operates state prison units, which house about 18,000 inmates. When things are going smoothly, you don’t hear anything about the department and it never makes the newspapers. When it comes to prisons, the old saying is true: no news is good news.
  • Unfortunately, we’ve been hearing a lot about prisons lately. In July, a guard at Tucker Max fired three warning shots when inmates attacked two guards and another prisoner. Shots inside prison indicate an extremely dangerous situation is developing.
  • In August, also at Tucker Max, six inmates overpowered three officers and held them hostage for about three hours. They took keys and a Taser from the officers, who suffered minor injuries. During the disturbance, inmates took advantage of the confusion to injure another inmate. When the incident was resolved, the inmates were placed in solitary confinement.
  • Currently, the State Police are investigating 26 cases of assault by inmates, either against other inmates or against guards. This sudden increase in violent incidents is putting pressure on prison officials to increase safety measures. It also places pressure on legislators to improve working conditions for security officers at state prisons, and to address staffing shortages. That’s why the legislature’s Personnel Committee has voted to increase hazard duty pay for 800 guards at four prison units. It’s also why the legislature will take a long, hard look at conditions in state prisons when the next regular session convenes.
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