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Old 10-26-2009, 11:20 AM
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Default USP Lewisburg on Lockdown 10/26

As reported on the CPL33 website:

"An officer was stabbed with an approximately four foot spear type weapon made out of rolled up newspapers/magazines with a metal spear tip tied in place with dental floss. The inmates tried to stab him twice, got him three or four inches below his groin on the inside of his left thigh, which is the concern about the femoral artery. The institution is locked down."
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Old 10-26-2009, 11:32 AM
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And now we are reminded why some prisons don't allow dental floss. Such as ADX/Supermax which is where these spear throwers most likely are headed.
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Old 10-26-2009, 12:55 PM
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I read once about an inmate who attempted to escape by weaving a strong rope out of dental floss. I think that's when it was first banned at some prisons.
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Old 11-02-2009, 06:04 PM
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There's a report that an inmate assaulted a C.O. while being escorted to the yard (and in restraints) - stabbed the C.O. twice in the back and slashed him twice in front. Other C.O.'s jumped in and three were injured. Four C.O.'s went to the hospital. (I'm assuming the prison is still on lockdown from October 26th. If not, they probably are again.) Z.
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Old 11-03-2009, 02:00 AM
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Posted on Mon, Nov. 2, 2009

Federal prison in Pa. locked down after assault

The Associated Press

LEWSISBURG, Pa. - A federal prison in central Pennsylvania is locked down after officials say two inmates assaulted a staff member.

Officials at the federal penitentiary in Lewisburg say the staff member suffered puncture wounds in the back and other injuries.

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http://www.philly.com/philly/wires/a...erassault.html
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Old 11-03-2009, 09:55 AM
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Yep, a new posting on the CPL33 website describes it as:

"An officer was assaulted this morning on E-Block while escorting inmates out to the recreation yard. The inmate slipped off his cuffs after he was restrained and obtained a homemade weapon. When the cell door was open, the cellmate charged out restrained against staff. The unrestrained inmate came out on the range and stabbed officer twice in the back, and slashed him across the front twice. Responding staff controlled the situation. One officer injured his ribs during the assault. Another officer was slashed a couple of times on his arm superficially, and the last officer twisted his knee. All four staff was sent to the local hospital."

The storm has finally hit Lewisburg as predicted. How many more incidents must take place before they realize that their SMU program is a failure?
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Old 11-03-2009, 10:24 AM
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Wow, scary. My man is at Lewisburg Camp. He called me last night and didn't mention anything about this. Usually the camp guys find out sooner than the news crews.
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Old 11-04-2009, 11:59 AM
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Union for Federal Prison Officers Requests Immediate Action From Attorney
General Eric Holder

As Increased Violence Puts Communities at Risk, Union Demands Full Staffing
and More Equipment

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A recent outbreak of violence at
the United States Penitentiary - Lewisburg in Pennsylvania has led the
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and its Council of Prison
Locals (CPL) to request an immediate meeting with United States Attorney
General Eric Holder to correct the dangerous situation of understaffed and
underfunded federal prisons. According to union officials at USP - Lewisburg,
two inmates assaulted and stabbed a correctional officer. The correctional
officer and four other officers who responded to the situation required
medical attention. The attack marked the second violent incident in less than
a week at the facility.

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Old 11-04-2009, 12:39 PM
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Penitentiary inmates are 'worst of worst'
By Diane Petryk
The Daily Item


- LEWISBURG - The Lewisburg Penitentiary guard stabbed twice in a melee
Sunday is out of danger, but the staffing situation at the institution is
critical.
Warden B.A. Bledsoe won't come to the phone and federal Bureau of Prisons
officials in Washington, D.C., send numbers meant to be comforting, but
those inside the penitentiary talk frankly.
Since January, Lewisburg has received "the worst of the worst" criminals,
while dropping the security procedures that held them at bay elsewhere, said
Daniel Bensinger, a veteran corrections officer and president of Local 148
of the American Federation of Government Employees.

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Old 11-05-2009, 11:32 AM
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Thanks Zelda for posting those links. I wanted to post the one from the Daily Item but I don't have enough posts yet. I guess after this one I will though!

It's a sad state of affairs when employees are at risk and cannot complain because they have to be "good soldiers" and are afraid of losing their jobs. It was only a matter of time before the violence would escalate there. The staff knew it. The inmates knew it. Even those of us on the outside could predict it. Surely the BOP was experienced enough to know better too, but they chose to ignore it rather than except and admit the failure.

And for "incentives to encourage good inmate behavior"...here's an idea...how about bringing back federal parole?!!!
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I have 3 penpals at Lewisburg... Today got a letter from one who says the other two were amoung those involved in the latest attacks. Not sure which one of my pals was involved in the cuff incident but I know for sure that the other pal was involved in the spear incident. Both have life sentences anyhow but will be prosecuted for these and the one who did the spear thing is now placed in a special cell with a special box fixture connected to his tray shot.

Writing them both this evening to see if info is correct.
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Old 11-14-2009, 10:30 AM
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Lockdown lifted...as of yesterday they were allowed to start making calls again.
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My husband is here and he says that it is much more going on then what is being posted. Many of the inmates are protesting this program because they've been sent to this place without incidents. The food is barely palatable. The program is not well managed as we can see. Hopefully they will get some relief.

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Yep, a new posting on the CPL33 website describes it as:

"An officer was assaulted this morning on E-Block while escorting inmates out to the recreation yard. The inmate slipped off his cuffs after he was restrained and obtained a homemade weapon. When the cell door was open, the cellmate charged out restrained against staff. The unrestrained inmate came out on the range and stabbed officer twice in the back, and slashed him across the front twice. Responding staff controlled the situation. One officer injured his ribs during the assault. Another officer was slashed a couple of times on his arm superficially, and the last officer twisted his knee. All four staff was sent to the local hospital."

The storm has finally hit Lewisburg as predicted. How many more incidents must take place before they realize that their SMU program is a failure?
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Old 11-23-2009, 03:01 PM
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To Whom it may Concern: Hello I am a citizen of the United States of America and I know my rights. Whether I am Black or White, free or a inmate in a federal prison I am a Human Being and I have rights like any other person. I am writing you this letter to let you know about this Life or death situation that is going on behind your federal walls. On November 7, 2009 the Correctional officers in your USP in Lewisburg P.A. officially lost their minds! They came into a cell in the middle of the night and forcefully and unjustly put their hands on two cellmates for no reason!!! I got a letter from My daughters father on November 19 stating his current well being is being extremely compromised. He was sound asleep and woke up to 15 C.O.s grabbing him by his ankles throwing him to the concrete putting him in cuffs and with excessive force and with no prabable cause began to kick, punch and even knee the two cellmates. He experessed to me that they even pulled out a handful of hair. Which is all over his head because they are not even allowed a comb. They could barely stand up to get over to the door to have their cuffs taken off. To make matters more crazy when asked could they see medical the nurse came in and saw who needed assistance and said "Oh them, they will be o.k. and never came back in. He believes that he has a broken rib cage,fractured wrist,bald spots and not to mention he is black and blue all over. He had to physically pick up his roommate and hold him at the door just so he could get his cuffs removed. He wrote affidavits and has witness statements too. They believe it was racially motivated because the inmates just happen to be Black. I dont doubt that their are some men that can not be helped like the ones in there for murder and child crimes, but thats not the case for my kids father. We are from Nebraska and not even a violent offender. He dosent deserve this treatment he was sent to this program without prior incident. He just wants to do his time and get it over with. He has rolled over on alot of corrupted behavior in the last 3 years he has been incarcerated but this is unforgettable and unforgivable!!! Can someone out there please let me know who we should take this matter up with and if they ever heard of such Cruel and unusual punishment before? I already have spoke with the Warden Secratary, Ms. Wilson and she was already aware of the situation. So why is it not being investigated yet? I think the whole place is corrupt due to those facts. They are supposed to be watching out for the crazy inmates but what about the power tripping C.O.s(COWBOYS) that are treating the prisoners like HOSTAGES!! He was transferred to the Lewisberg USP about 6 months ago to participate in this so called SMU program. From what we understood it was to help jam out his time and be done in 18 months unfortunately it wasnt the hunky doory situation they had presented. As it turned out the program is set up to lock u down all day, take away your property, your visits and phone calls for for however long they want. The food is barely palatable. How can they expect prisoners to be locked down for a year and then on level three be able to get out and play nice with rivals. It is the most restricted program in BOP I think the SMU Program is a failure and if you treat inmates like animals they will act like animals. What should we do????
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I believe it is the U.S. Attorney General's Office that oversees the Bureau of Prison's treatment of its inmates. In addition the Judiciary Committee of Congress has political oversight. You might try contacting the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union as well. Z.
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GzNeva4gotten - All of us who have loved ones in the SMU in Lewisburg are definitely feeling your frustration and pain. And as abenadiva mentioned, there is, indeed, alot more going on there than we know and more than what we can share and post here. Their letters and phone calls are more heavily scrutinized due to the current situation. Stay strong and hopefully this nightmare will end soon.

You might also try to contact the Lewisburg Prison Project:

eg.bucknell.edu/~mligare/LLP.html
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My love is supposed to be transferring to this place. Now I'm REALLY worried about him.
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That link didn't work for the Lewisburg Prison Project. Here is the correct link, I think.

http://www.eg.bucknell.edu/~mligare/LPP.html
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Here is an anonymous letter from a SMI Lewisburg inmate that I read online:

December03, 2009

I am a prisoner, currently incarcerated at the Federal Bureau of Prison’s “Special Management Institution”,(SMI) Lewisburg. The SMI is said to house some of the most violent and disruptive prisoners in the Bureau of Prisons. It is my understanding that the BOP still has an obligation to treat all of its prisoners within the boundaries of what the public deems to be both ethical and humane. I believe the situation here at SMI Lewisburg would shock the conscience of the public, were it enlightened to the following scenario:
Prisoners at SMI Lewisburg are forced to double cell, which in and of itself would be of little or no significance were it not for the fact that prisoners are forced, by necessity of security practices, to submit to restraints (black-box handcuffs) prior to being taken out of their cells (cell moves); I will explain.
Each cell is equipped with a locking tray slot on the door, which is unlocked manually by the correctional officer outside the cell. During cell moves (for whatever reason), prisoners are required to back up and to place their hands outside the tray slot to be handcuffed; first, one prisoner and subsequently the other occupant of the cell. What is important to bear in mind is that under no circumstances will the cell door be opened ( per BOP policy) unless both prisoners are restrained. As a result, this mandatory restraint policy has been responsible for a broad range of violent assaults, delayed medical care, when necessary, etc. This is all widely documented and available for public inspection, although any reasonable individual should envision the dangers of this policy. When prisoners in double-occupancy cells are forced to submit to restraints, this can only be accomplished one prisoner at a time, which leaves one cell occupant restrained, while the other is free of encumbrances and able to do unto the handcuffed prisoner as he so pleases. Although some prisoners are redeemable, others simply have nothing to lose and place little or no value on human life. With that in mind, imagine that the unrestrained prisoner has a motive to attack the restrained individual. Possible motives include but are not limited to: prison politics, gaining reputation, delusions, vendettas for previous arguments in cell, to obtain single cell status, or move to a desired cell, etc. This unrestrained prisoner will literally be able to beat the handcuffed cell mate (punch, kick, stab, cut w/razor, choke) to death, while correctional officers stand outside the cell giving useless verbal directives such as, “stop that” or “cease and desist”, and then, sometimes spray gas into the cell which is likely, at times, to make the attacker more determined. Subsequently, when the attacker is finished, usually because he has run out of breath, or from exertion, he is ordered to submit to restraints. However, the assailant may not wish to immediately comply with such a directive due to adrenaline, blood lust, a poor attitude, or what have you. Additionally, according to this mandatory restraint policy( which the BOP states “must be observed) the cell door will remain secured until an emergency response team can be assembled, during which time the victim is being denied emergency medical treatment which could make the difference between life and death.
The scenarios outlined above have, in fact, upon numerous occasions, actually transpired throughout the BOP. Documentation outlining such occurrences is widely available, were one to do a thorough search of the “Federal Bureau of Prison’s Freedom of Information/Privacy Act” section.
I would also like to say that from a legal standpoint, prison administrators are bound by law to provide reasonable safety for it’s prisoners. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that it is cruel and unusual punishment to hold prisoners in unsafe conditions; that a prisoner need not await a tragic event before being granted an injunction against unsafe conditions. (Helling v
McKinney: 125 L ED 2D 22)
As U.S. citizens who may be outraged by these tragic events, you are not powerless. It is within the power of the “Civil Rights Division-Special Litigation Section” of the U.S. Department of Justice to file an injunction in Federal Court to demand that these outrageous practices are stopped immediately. You are the voice who could make the difference. Contact the “Special Litigation Section” of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice and demand action! Bear in mind, also, that willful violations of the eighth Amendment ‘s ban on cruel and unusual punishment is a felony, punishable by incarceration and fines. Title 18 of the Federal Criminal Code describes this felony clearly. You can ask your government why they have allowed Federal Prison Administrators to perpetrate felonious acts and heinous, reckless disregard for human suffering, as a matter of policy!
I sincerely ask all Americans to contact their representatives; or to contact the Civil Rights Division, or the Attorney General; but to ACT in this urgent matter, so that America can remain the true bastion of human rights...and civilization.

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my hunnie is currently in usp.. he says tis place is inhuman we only got 11 months togo but to listen to the b.s. he has to go threw i wish i could break dwn the walls!
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