Chino Prison near Los Angeles was the site of a riot Saturday, August 8th, about 8:30 pm according to CNN.com/US. As a result of the Chino Prison Riot40 inmates were injured, some seriously. Order was restored at Chino Prison by Sunday morning.
CNN.com/US has posted an article written by Andre Coleman titled “40 inmates hospitalized after California prison riot.” As it turns out four of the forty had to be airlifted to hospitals because of the seriousness of their injuries.
The weapons that were used were what are described as “weapons of opportunity” including broken glass.
The riot broke out at a medium-security complex and a fire was ultimately started.
Injuries to the inmates included stabbings, slashes and head trauma. It was reported by Coleman that some of the injuries are life threatening.
The complex was described as seven buildings with about 200 inmates each.
That many people imprisoned in close quarters is going to explode sooner or later. In fact there was another riot in 2006.
Is this the real story?
There is to be a debate in California with respect to overcrowding in prisons. Governor Schwarzenegger has provided a plan to release 27,000 prisoners that are considered low- and moderate-risk inmates. Further, three federal judges ruled that there should be a reduction of 43,000 inmates as a result of a suit filed by inmates that they feared health problems due to overcrowding. Three prisons including Chino have already started releasing prisoners. (Why wait for debate or appeal?)
There has already been a result from this “brilliant” concept.
17-year-old Lily Burk was brutally murdered by a man named Charles Samuel who slashed her throat and beat her.
Samuel was released early as a “low-risk” prisoner.
However, there is suspicion that Charles Samuel did the same thing to a man in 1986. He forced him to take money out of an ATM. While he didn’t kill him he showed violence when he beat him.
The reasons cited for releasing prisoners are to save money. Further, they are worried about prisoners’ health.
So the thing to do is just let them go? And, the prison system feels comfortable letting moderate-risk prisoners out. As a citizen do you understand the implications? A moderate-risk prisoner had to do something to lose or never gain low-risk status.
There is all this concern about the prisoners. Where are Lily Burk’s rights?
It doesn’t matter what tag you want to put on them; a criminal is a criminal. Samuel wasn’t “low-risk” to Lily Burk.