Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sunday Globe Special: Alabama Uprising

"Officials say unrest at prison in Alabama leaves 2 hurt" by Kim Chandler Associated Press  March 12, 2016

Inmates set a fire, seized control of a dormitory and stabbed two corrections officials during a violent uprising at a prison in southern Alabama, authorities said Saturday. The riot prompted the governor to repeat an earlier call for measures to modernize the state’s prisons to make them safer and easier to control.

The William C. Holman Correctional Facility, which serves as the state’s only execution facility, was on lockdown hours after a riot erupted late Friday. Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton said three emergency response teams were deployed to bring the prison dorm under control. He said the facility is now calm and remains on lockdown....


Also see:

Uprising follows stabbing at Ala. prison

That's the second in four days.

Alabama governor visits prison that has seen recent violence


"Arizona prison refused to allow inspection after sexual assault" Associated Press  March 16, 2016

PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Corrections refused for nearly six months to allow the state’s workplace safety agency to inspect a prison where a female guard was sexually assaulted.

Records obtained by The Associated Press show that the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health only learned about the assault by reading an AP story about the attack nearly a month after it happened. In the ensuing months, records show the Corrections Department repeatedly delayed the workplace safety investigation, despite laws requiring that inspectors have prompt access.

When the inspection of the Yuma prison was finally conducted in November, the room where the attack happened on April 13 was empty of furniture and prison guards had been advised they could refuse to talk to investigators. In the end, the organization determined that no workplace safety rules were broken and issued no citations.

The records show the difficulty the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health encounters when it tries to perform its core job — making sure work sites are safe for employees — inside the state’s prison system.

Imagine then how it is for inmates.

Web Globe snuck more inside.

Those difficulties may become more pronounced in all workplaces as a reorganization pushed by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey moves to make the agency’s parent department more business-friendly.

The veteran officer was alone in an office with a convicted killer to allow him to phone his lawyer when he jumped over a desk and sexually assaulted her in April. Other guards heard her screams and came to her rescue. The unit where the assault occurred routinely placed guards alone in offices with prisoners for legal calls.

According to a narrative written by the workplace safety investigator, he complained during a July call with a private corrections department lawyer about the excessive time it was taking to get information. Over the next several months, repeated efforts were made to get the corrections department to comply, including issuing a subpoena for records.

Four months after the assault, Corrections Department Inspector General Greg Lauchner sent a letter to the workplace safety agency demanding that it ‘‘stand down’’ and stop investigating the assault. The letter said the sexual assault ‘‘was a felony crime, not a workplace accident.’’

Corrections Department spokesman Andrew Wilder downplayed the delays.

The Corrections Department and Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health ‘‘worked cooperatively through their respective legal counsel and agreed to an inspection of the Yuma Prison four months ago,’’ Wilder said in a statement Monday. ‘‘Sometimes the legal process takes longer than both lawyer and layman would like.’’

Division of Occupational Safety and Health spokesman Bob Charles acknowledged the increasing frustration of the inspector, but noted there was a dispute over access because a companion criminal investigation was underway, making the case unique.

The state’s workplace safety agency must follow federal workplace safety rules, which require prompt access to inspectors, even in prisons. Federal inspectors denied entry will sometimes seek a warrant.

The corrections department drew criticism over its safety practices following the Yuma attack and a separate prison rape in January 2014.

In that case, a teacher was left alone in a room full of sex offenders and raped by one of them.

The Arizona Industrial Commission fined the department $14,000 for failing to protect the teacher, but the Corrections Department appealed. In a settlement reached last month, the Industrial Commission waived the fine after prison officials said they had spent $600,000 improving security for workers, including installing cameras, having guards check more often on classroom teachers and issuing radios and pepper spray to civilian staff. The Corrections Department did not admit wrongdoing.

The teacher sued and won a $3 million settlement from the state in December. The guard who was sexually assaulted at the Yuma prison last April has joined seven other correctional officers in a suit against the Corrections Department that alleges understaffing, poor maintenance and other factors put officers at risk statewide.

Scott Zwillinger, an attorney who represented the teacher and who also is involved in the new lawsuit, said he is baffled how the Yuma attack didn’t lead to a citation. He said it is well known in corrections operations that danger increases when staff is alone with dangerous prisoners.

‘‘It’s the same workplace violation again — putting staff alone with inmates without supervision,’’ he said.


Have you seen the cafeteria?

"Jared Fogle beaten by inmate who ‘can’t be around child molesters’" Washington Post  March 17, 2016

Jared Fogle, the former Subway pitchman imprisoned after he admitted sex crimes against minors last year, has reportedly been beaten in prison by an inmate who ‘‘can’t be around child molesters.’’

First reported by TMZ, the beating occurred on Jan. 29 at Englewood Prison near Denver, where Fogle, 38, is serving a 15-year sentence. The alleged assailant was Steven Nigg, 60.

‘‘He had to hit him. That’s how the whole thing started,’’ Jimmy Nigg, Steven Nigg’s nephew, told People. ‘‘He just can’t be around child molesters. He doesn’t like them.’’ He added: ‘‘He can’t figure out why you would do that to kids . . . He says, ‘I can’t be around those people.’’’

Jimmy Nigg told his uncle wished to send the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) a message about sex offenders confined in minimum-security facilities.

‘‘In his words, my uncle’s words, people convicted of these types of crimes, crimes against children, sexual predators, rapists, they shouldn’t be in a minimum-security prison,’’ Nigg told ‘‘He felt like it wasn’t fair. [Fogle] gets to order any food he wants, he can use his money to do things. This guy is coming and prancing in like he can do anything he wants.’’

The Bureau of Prisons declined People’s request to confirm the assault ‘‘based on the need to ensure safety and security in our institutions and in accordance with legal requirements including the Privacy Act”; a Bureau of Prisons records search confirmed Fogle and Nigg are at Englewood. Nigg’s family also provided People a document with details of the alleged assault, which reportedly occurred in the prison yard.

Look where the pre$$ is getting their stuff now. 

Nigg allegedly knocked Fogle to the ground before beating him, leaving him with a bloody nose, a swollen face and a scratched neck.

Nigg was placed in solitary for 10 days after the alleged assault. Fogle’s attorney declined comment to People.

‘‘What he wanted to do is send a message, and he did,’’ Jimmy Nigg told about his uncle, who has a long criminal record and is due to be released from prison on weapons charges in 2024. ‘‘If he wanted to kill Jared Fogle, he would have been able to, and he didn’t. No one stopped him from assaulting Jared. He sent the message, and he walked away.’’

Even among celebrities accused of sex crimes, Fogle’s downfall last year was particularly brutal.

Yeah, poor pedophile.

Once tipping the scales at 425 pounds, he found fame in 2000 pitching for Subway after he said he lost 245 pounds in 11 months on a self-devised Subway diet while a student at Indiana University.

‘‘I ate a 6-inch turkey sub for lunch and a 12-inch Veggie Delite for dinner, and I had diet soda and a small bag of baked chips or pretzels with each meal,’’ Fogle wrote in a 2006 memoir. ‘‘I never put cheese, mayo, or oil on my sandwiches, just mustard, and I never snacked between meals.’’

‘‘That story played a huge role in [Subway’s] growth,’’ Mary Chapman, senior director of product innovation at Technomic, a market research firm, said last year. ‘‘It’s not just Jared the man, it’s what it represents.’’ 

Then why did they remove him from their ads?

Subway quickly distanced itself from Fogle after reports he paid for sex with girls under 18. According to court documents, when asking one underage girl he paid for sex to find another underage girl for him to have sex with, he said: ‘‘The younger the girl, the better.’’

The reports of Fogle’s beating follow a number of tabloid stories about his purported decline in prison. Earlier this month, the New York Daily News reported he had ‘‘already gained 30 pounds in three months.’’ The paper concluded he is no longer ‘‘eating fresh.’’ 

And somehow it made its way into my Globe!!

‘‘Jared’s breakfast is usually Frosted Flakes with fruit or oatmeal with cake,’’ an unnamed ‘‘prison insider’’ told the paper. ‘‘He loves ‘cake day’ in the dining hall twice a week and he buys Honey Buns by the box . . . He’s been known to eat an entire box of eight at one sitting.’’ Citing Fogle’s attorney, TMZ quickly contradicted the Daily News story, writing that Fogle is ‘‘eating standard prison fare, including soups, burgers, beef stew, BBQ chicken and enchilada casserole,’’ and ‘‘hasn’t gained a pound.’’ 

Looks like a pretty good menu in there!

Sex offenders in prison face a hard road -- particularly when they are celebrities who cannot hide their crime

Yeah, it's such a hard road

Sympathy for the sicko!

‘‘Sex offenders who can’t pass themselves off as something else will typically find themselves in an undesirable position,’’ according to the Prison Law Blog, ‘‘a resource for attorneys, criminal justice professionals, prisoners and their families and friends, along with anyone else seeking informed, honest, and authoritative information about prison law’’ partly run by a federal inmate, according to its website. ‘‘At best, they’ll be avoided, and perhaps openly and directly called names and excluded from activities (e.g., sports, card games, TV rooms, work assignments, etc.). At worse, they’ll be robbed, beaten, or even killed. Many will find that they aren’t welcome to sit at certain tables in the chow hall, or might have to spend years in protective custody (i.e., the hole).’’ 

Awww, he's being bullied like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! 

Poor pedophile!

On its website, the BOP said it ‘‘offers sex offender treatment to offenders with a history of sexual offending and who volunteer for treatment.’’ Not every sex offender can participate, however, and it is not available at every institution.

‘‘Eligibility for participation in a treatment program depends on an offender’s evaluated risk of future sexual offending,’’ the website read. ‘‘Institutions offering this treatment often have a higher proportion of sex offenders in their offender population. This higher concentration of sex offenders within an institution helps offenders feel more comfortable acknowledging their concerns and seeking treatment.’’ Englewood, where Fogle is incarcerated, does offer sex offender treatment.


Looks like I bit off way more than I can chew.