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Severe Physical and Sexual Abuse by Guards at Three Alabama Prisons

adocFrom Equal Justice Initiative

EJI has filed a complaint that documents severe physical and sexual abuse and violence perpetrated by several correctional officers and officials in three Alabama prisons for men. EJI has made allegations to the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) of widespread physical abuse and misconduct at the Elmore Correctional Facility in Elmore, Alabama. EJI reports that in the last six months there have been nearly a dozen instances where prisoners at Elmore have been handcuffed, stripped naked, and then beaten by several guards. EJI also has uncovered evidence that male officers sexually abused male prisoners at Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer, Alabama, and Bibb Correctional Facility in Brent, Alabama. EJI is now asking ADOC to investigate and protect prisoners from physical and sexual violence by prison employees at these facilities.

At Elmore Correctional Facility, EJI reports that a group of officers have been taking inmates into isolated areas of the prison where they are handcuffed and stripped naked and then severely beaten. Several inmates have been so severely beaten that they have required hospitalization and suffered permanent injuries. EJI’s complaint implicates the warden and other high-ranking prison officials in some of the beatings and misconduct. A complaint about problems at Elmore has been made with ADOC officials and law enforcement agencies.

At Donaldson and Bibb correctional facilities, EJI reports that male correctional officers forced young male inmates to perform sex acts and threatened to file disciplinary charges against them if they refused or reported the abuse. In several cases, incarcerated prisoners were forced to perform oral sex and were subjected to other forms of sexual abuse by correctional staff. Biological evidence supporting the sexual assault allegations has been turned over to ADOC authorities. (more…)

NC prison warden promoted after alleged beatings

kenneth-e-lassiterFrom Corporate Media

RALEIGH, N.C. – The warden of North Carolina’s Central Prison has been promoted and given a 15 percent raise, less than two weeks after reports about a lawsuit alleging he failed to stop systematic beatings of handcuffed and shackled inmates held in solitary confinement at the Raleigh facility.

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety confirmed Thursday that Central Prison administrator Kenneth Lassiter was named May 23 as director of 12 prisons in the state’s central region. There was no public announcement of Lassiter’s promotion, which takes effect Saturday.

The Associated Press reported May 10 that a federal complaint filed by North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services on behalf of eight inmates alleges they were beaten while prisoners in Unit One, a cell block known as “The Hole” where inmates are kept in solitary confinement for disciplinary reasons. The lawsuit says correction officers carried out the beatings in a secluded area of holding cells inmates call “The Desert” because the area is not covered by video cameras.

Lassiter is one of 23 current or former prison employees named as defendants in the lawsuit. (more…)

Warden in Prisoner Hot Sauce Abuse Relieved of Duties

(from NBC-17, also click here to view a clip of the 11pm nightly news, which features the prison books collective)

The warden at a North Carolina prison where inmates said they were forced to rub hot sauce on their genitals has been relieved of duty pending the outcome of an investigation.

Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Pamela Walker said Tuesday that Sampson Correctional Institution administrator Lafayette Hall would be assigned to other duties while the State Bureau of Investigation probes what happened at the Clinton facility. A second employee also has been reassigned.

Six inmates allege correctional officers forced them to perform numerous humiliating acts, including gulping hot sauce and slathering it on themselves, resulting in painful blisters. The male inmates also reported being forced to simulate sex acts for the entertainment of the guards, as well as to capture and kiss wild snakes while working on a road crew.

Sampson CI Prisoners Sue Facility for Racist and Sexual Assaults

The following is a from a letter that almost a dozen prisoners at Sampson CI in Clinton, NC have drafted and asked outside groups to help distribute. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Parker vs. Sampson CI, are six prisoners at the facility hoping to change the work conditions and punish the guards responsible.

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing you in regards of the mistreatment of racial, sexual, and demoralizing acts that are being forced upon us by the Correctional Staff at Sampson Correctional Institution overseeing Road Squad duties… (more…)