Two inmates at the Union County Prison are charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, criminal attempt to commit aggravated assault, and assault by prisoner after they attacked another inmate, ultimately breaking his orbital bone and blinding him in his right eye.
After bringing to court a suit against a correctional officer, an inmate received $7,500, accusing the correctional officer of assault and chocking. The inmate had the opportunity to earn more money if she settled the case, however she wanted the jury and others to know the inhumane treatment inacted by the guard.
Due to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons' plans to limit the time inmates can spend in the SMU program, the Lewisburg Penitentiary now houses about 500 fewer inmates. Dave Sprout, a paralegal with the Lewisburg Prison Project, believes that this change will lower the number of violent incidents that take place due to the amount of cell space this change frees up.
Allegations of abuse at USP Lewisburg are still a common occurrence since the new security protocols were instilled in 2009. The prison uses hard restraints that cut off the inmates' circulation as well as other unnecessary punishments. David Sprout, a paralegal and member of the Lewisburg Prison Project, believes that some of the actions of the penitentiary can be seen as torture.
In an attempt to address the alleged inmate abuse at USP Lewisburg, 37 civil and human rights organizations wrote a letter to the U.S. Attorney General petitioning her to request the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General to investigate the practices of the Bureau of Prisons at Lewisburg. They addressed the practice of housing inmates in double cells for prolonged periods, using hard restraints, and the lack of mental house treatment. The Lewisburg Prison Project has been trying to get the prison investigated for years and hopefully this letter will have an impact.
After learning about the poor conditions and treatments seen at USP Lewisburg, 37 civil rights, human rights, and church groups signed a letter asking the U.S. Attorney General to investigate. Dave Sprout, part of the Lewisburg Prison Project, believes that NPR and the Marshall Project can show people how terrible the treatment of the prisoners is in the prison.
Rev. Sandra L. Strauss speaks out on the recent NPR article featuring the Lewisburg Prison Project that shocked both the local and national community in its description of the horrifying conditions of the Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary. Focusing specifically on physical and mental torture in the prison, the Reverend urges readers to contact local, state and federal elected officials to make a change surrounding this issue.
Moore's article reviews the recent NPR article which highlights the work of the Lewisburg Prison Project. Reiterating descriptions of the horrible conditions the author notes that their organization, The Daily Item, has been reporting on this issue for some time now and are relieved that the issues within the penitentiary are finally being brought to light.