Mother expresses her concerns of her son’s condition after suffering an unknown injury. Donna Coma, the victim’s mother, has been in contact with Lewisburg Prison Project’s Dave Sprout to uncover information regarding the incident and the current condition of her son.
Charles Coma, inmate at U.S. Penitentiary at Lewisburg, came close to loosing his life after an undisclosed incident. His mother Donna was given little information and contacted the Lewisburg Prison Project about her concerns. The FBI is currently investigating the matter.
Prisoners at U.S. Penitentiary at Lewisburg address the excessive force and overuse of restraints at the hands of correctional officers. Accusations of mistreatment have been on the rise since 2009 and the Lewisburg Prison Project, and other organizations, are hoping this report in addition to their involvement will improve conditions for inmates.
Staff’s violent reaction to prisoner’s nonviolent protest regarding the policy change that eliminated razors in the Special Management Unit jeopardizes correctional officers credibility and calls for a congressional inquiry. David Sprout draws attention to the excessive force used against inmates and articulates the importance of outside attention paid to this matter.
Federal officials investigate the death of an unnamed inmate who was found unconscious, and later pronounced dead, in his cell. This is the second major incident in recent weeks regarding unknown cause of death or injury at USP Lewisburg.
Staff reacts to prisoner’s nonviolent protest regarding the policy change that eliminated razors in the Special Management Unit. They responded using physical force and threw concussion grenades, tear gas and pepper balls into cells where inmates suffered serious injuries. David Sprout calls this behavior “over the top” and questions their use of riot-type gear.
Dave Sprout addresses the problematic repercussions of denying journalists visitations rights at prisons. The public has a right to know “whether tax-payer money is being used to mistreat inmates” and the best method to relay this information to the general public is through the media.
The Northumberland County Prison was found to be in compliance with the organization's standards for health services. Lewisburg Prison Project filed a lawsuit in October 2010 alleging that conditions in the jail were unsafe, and part of the settlement was to bring in a medical company to provide and coordinate inmate services.