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Monday, April 30, 2007

More On The GEO Prison Riot

After just one day of training last month, Muncie resident Kara Scott said she knew that the New Castle Correctional Facility was not a safe place to work, and that "something terrible" was going to happen there.

"I was not going back after the first day. It's dangerous," she said Wednesday, a day after 500 inmates rioted, set fires, destroyed furnishings and damaged buildings on the 77-acre campus, located on the north side of New Castle

  • 202 inmates were shipped from the New Castle Correctional Facility to other prisons in Indiana overnight after being caught on tape during the riot.
  • Remaining inmates at New Castle -- including a mix of Indiana and Arizona offenders -- were secured in the dormitory-style cell houses. Some reportedly helped staff clean up debris from the riot.
  • Officials said the cause of the riot remained under investigation.
  • Both of the prison staffers injured in the riot were treated and released from Henry County Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, and at least one returned to work on Wednesday.
  • Investigators with local and state police, Indiana Department of Correction and GEO continued to review surveillance tapes to identify prisoners who either battered prison staff or damaged property.
  • Henry County Prosecutor Kit Crane had not determined how many inmates might be charged with crimes, though he noted that many of the 450 to 500 inmates involved did not do anything criminal and would be handled administratively.
  • A spokesman for the Arizona Department of Corrections said that officials there saw the problem as not just one of the quantity of prison staff overseeing Arizona inmates in New Castle but quality of guards.
  • Here's an opinion piece from Arizona: "Arizona Prisoners Should Be In Arizona"


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