Violent incidents getting worse at MANCI – I wonder why?

Would this be happening if we had STIFF penalties for attempted murder / Murder?.

I believe we are  MORE SERIOUS about bullies in our schools than we are in our Courts and Prison systems, and we wonder why there’s so much crime?. We slap them harder when they don’t know any better, than we do after the lesson(s) we get in school. Talk about not being on the same page, and we wonder about government?.

MANSFIELD — The president of the Ohio Civil Service and Employees Association Chapter 7010 says violent incidents are escalating among inmates at the Mansfield Correctional Institution over the past three months.

Doug Mosier, the president of OCSEA, said prison officials continue to say inmate violence is decreasing but the union would like to see the state’s formula.

The death of inmate Robert Parr, 62, on Election Night, is the most recent example of inmate violence, Mosier said.

Parr, of Massillon was housed in a special unit at Mansfield Correctional Institution on the night he died. He was pronounced dead at 10:59 p.m. Tuesday at MedCentral/Mansfield Hospital.

The Ohio Highway Patrol, which is investigating the death, has not released details of the incident due to the pending investigation. Wednesday, Lt. Diana White at the patrol office in Columbus would only say the victim’s cellmate had confessed to the death.

Lt. Mike Kemmer of Bucyrus District 2 Headquarters, said the suspect’s name is not being released yet because he has not been charged.

Friday, JoEllen Smith, public affairs officer for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, said the most recent data for violence compares January through August 2011 versus the same time period of 2012.

“During that same time we’ve seen a reduction between 7 percent and 8 percent of inmates convicted of violent rule and infractions statewide,” Smith said. That violence can include violence against another inmate or staff member.

She said at MANCI during that same time period there was a little over a 24 percent decrease in violence.

Smith said she did not have available statistics for violent incidents after August of this year at MANCI.

“We share a common goal with the union which is to operate safe and secure prisons. We have a zero tolerence for violent acts at our facilities. At MANCI, the warden has engaged security staff in developing and implementing strategies to address violence. In fact the director Gary Mohr was at the MANCI facility Thursday for his annual pre-scheduled site visit. He was pleased with the discussion with the corrections officers who expressed appreciation for the warden involving them in identifying solutions to address violence,” Smith said.

On Oct. 19 at 10:45 a.m., Mosier said an inmate at MANCI was stabbed 22 times.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol offense report, the victim was stabbed 22 times by unknown inmates. The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries, the report states.

The felonious assault case remains open, according to a patrol spokesman who could not release further details of the incident.

On Oct. 26 at 2:50 p.m. another inmate reported he was assaulted by suspect inmates and that a weapon was used during the assault, according to the incident report which was investigated by the Highway Patrol. This case also remains open, according to the patrol spokesman.

Mosier said a gang fight involving 41 inmates occurred in October. The patrol was not called to MANCI for this incident, Mosier said. Fortunately no officers were hurt breaking it up, he added.

He said there was another fight in a recreation yard on Oct. 20 involving 20 inmates.

“We believe the violence is up and continues to increase,” he said.

Mosier said corrections officers’ formula shows an increase of 3.2 percent or 58.7 inmate tickets written for violence infractions per month from July through Oct. 9, 2012 at MANCI.

In the first six months this year corrections officers wrote 55.5 inmate conduct reports per month. These infractions were for inmate assaults and fighting for guilty tickets only, Mosier said.

Inmates who are written up for fighting are given a hearing. If they’re found not guilty, they are released back into population.

There are 340 corrections officers at MANCI but the union is supposed to have 386 corrections officers, he said. “It’s not just corrections officers. We’re also short food service workers and secretaries. Our nursing staff is also taking a beating,” he said.

Mosier said a female corrections officer was assaulted by an inmate in October while breaking up a fight. She remains off work because of her injuries.

MANCI Warden Terry Tibbals was not available Friday for comment.

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