Female prison guard assaulted at Toledo Correctional
Mon, 25 Nov 2013 23:21:01 GMT —
A female guard from the Toledo Correctional Institution is recovering after being attacked by an inmate on Friday.
"She's in good spirits," says OCSEA Union Representative Derek Urban. "She's ready to get back to work, and she's really taking this very well."
This attack is the latest incident in a string of violence at TCI since they started double bunking cells in 2011, and then began accepting maximum security inmates in 2012.
"You have a prison that was built for 900 inmates, and they have currently 1,300," said Urban.
He says lack of staff is a constant problem.
"There's just a lot of areas and opportunities for things to go wrong. And at Toledo [Correctional Institution], that's played out quite a bit over the past year," Urban explained.
But fault can't be placed on any person. Urban says there is plenty of blame to go around.
Warden Ed Sheldon takes most of the heat for things going wrong, but Sheldon has been working with the union, and is said to be genuinely interested in making TCI a safe place to work.
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Urban says its the upper-level officials that need to take a new approach.
"They have really been the ones that have been more reactive than proactive," Urban said.
It took four murders and a suicide over the last year to get a visit from the prison director, who told the union he would add guards, and lower inmate population.
That was about a month ago. Urban says the population has come down slightly, but no new guards have been added.
There is always an inherent risk involved for prison guards.
"It's something that's ever present and increasing as long as these conditions stay the way they are," Urban explained.
He says, if things don't change, an increase in violence is exactly what can be expected.
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"Even with as many staff as we could get, there's still going to be an opportunity for something to go wrong," said Urban.
The prison opened in 2000, its first murder didn't occur until 2012 when population changes were made.