WASHINGTON – The federal prison system was placed on nationwide lockdown on Monday after a gang fight at a high-security prison in Beaumont, Texas left two inmates dead, the Bureau of Prisons said. in a statement.
While deadly skirmishes raged with some regulation within federal penitentiary agencies, the office rarely locked down all of its 120 facilities in response.
Kristie Breshears, a spokeswoman for the office, said: “Out of an abundance of caution, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is securing our facilities as a temporary measure to ensure good order for the prisons. our organization”. “We anticipate this security measure to be short-lived.”
Breshears said the office will monitor events inside its facilities and adjust operations as the situation develops, but declined to elaborate further for safety and security reasons.
Several inmates at Beaumont Prison began a violent melee around 11:30 a.m. Monday, and four were taken to the hospital for treatment, according to the Bureau of Prisons.
Two of those inmates – Guillermo Riojas, 54, was sentenced to 38 years in prison for breaking into and interfering with interstate commerce, and Andrew Pineda, 34, was sentenced to six and a half years. for fraud – was declared dead by hospital staff. department said.
No staff or other inmates were injured in the melee at Beaumont, a high-security prison that holds 1,372 male inmates. The Federal Bureau of Investigation was called in to investigate.
Officials worry that the deadly fight, including members of the Violent Salvadoran street gang MS-13, will cause violence at other facilities, according to a person briefed on the office’s decision, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a continuing investigation.
Officials began closing all federal prison facilities Monday afternoon, meaning inmates are typically kept in their cells.
While the office’s unusually harsh response suggests that the war is the only one capable of creating a ripple effect, the violence also comes with troubles that have long plagued the Bureau of Prisons.
This year alone, the office has announced four inmate deaths and three escapes, as it continues to grapple with staff shortages, health problems stemming from Covid-19, violence, mismanagement and employee misconduct.
AP Report in November that more than 100 employees at the office have been arrested and convicted or convicted for crimes in the past three years, prompting Senator Richard J. Durbin, an Illinois Democrat and chairman of the Judiciary Committee , calling on Mr. Carvajal to resign.
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