Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Prisoner stabbed in the eye during the latest federal prison violence

WASHINGTON (AP) – An inmate at the largest US federal prison was shot in the eyeball by another inmate this month in the latest grisly example of violence in a prison system plagued by chronic unrest, understaffing, corruption and abuse.

The 27-year-old inmate was assaulted from behind at FCI Fort Dix, a low-security prison in Burlington County, New Jersey, run by the same warden who ran the Manhattan federal prison when financier Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide. , three people familiar with the case told The Associated Press.

According to them, the prisoner, whose identity is not revealed, remains in the hospital after the November 5 attack. He is expected to survive. People familiar with this issue were not authorized to discuss this issue publicly and insisted on anonymity.

Stabbing is just the latest example of serious violence in the besieged Federal Bureau of Prisons. The agency has experienced numerous crises in recent years, including widespread staff shortages, serious employee misconduct, and a series of escapes and deaths.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin, Illinois, called on Tuesday for the sack of Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carwajal after an AP investigation revealed rampant criminal activity among staff as agency officials failed to notice the irregularities.

Fort Dix Overseer Lamine N’Diaye was previously an overseer at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, now a closed federal detention center in Manhattan. He was removed from office after Epstein committed suicide in prison in 2019, awaiting trial on charges of human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

Prosecutors say the guards who were supposed to be watching Epstein were sleeping and browsing the Internet instead. The Bureau of Prisons closed the prison in October for much-needed renovations after years of decline, although it may never reopen.

The Bureau of Prisons appointed N’Diaye as Warden of Fort Dix Prison in February, despite ongoing federal investigations into the omissions leading to Epstein’s death, and in direct opposition to a public statement that the agency would postpone any action pending an investigation.

The bureau had tried to recruit N’Diaye to work in Fort Dix a year earlier, but the move was stopped by then Attorney General William Barr after the AP announced the transfer.

The Inspector General of the Ministry of Justice has yet to complete an investigation.

FCI Fort Dix, located at the McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Joint Military Base, is the largest federal prison by population, holding just under 3,000 inmates. There are 231 minimum security prisoners in the neighboring prison camp.

The institution has been hit hard by COVID-19: two inmates have died from the disease, over 1,600 inmates and 100 employees have tested positive and are recovering.

The prison made headlines in 2019 when an inmate, a former inmate and two others were arrested for using a drone to smuggle mobile phones, tobacco, weight loss supplements, and glasses.

In the same year, in another case, a Fort Dix correctional officer pleaded guilty to embezzling bribes for smuggling.


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