Guard killed at federal prison in Cen...

Guard killed at federal prison in Central Calif.

There are 22 comments on the Myrtle Beach Online story from Jun 21, 2008, titled Guard killed at federal prison in Central Calif.. In it, Myrtle Beach Online reports that:

A guard was stabbed to death by two inmates at a federal prison in Central California, officials said.

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keepitreal

Woodridge, IL

#1 Jun 21, 2008
May God be with him and his family, swift justice for the offenders!

It is time to quit treating these criminals with kid gloves!
USP BIG SANDY

United States

#2 Jun 21, 2008
Jose Rivera (HOPE I SPELLED IT RIGHT) is a hero worthy of great honor and his family are in my prayers! I am a Correctional Officer at USP Big Sandy and it is sad that, regardless of the circumstances surrounding our fallen Brother's death, our Federal Prisons are so grossly understaffed and overcrowded. Spend 10 percent of the money that upper management gets on more Officers, renovations, and updated technology to keep the prisons safe for our most sacred asset (our employees) and this may not have ever happened. The fact is that the Attorney General is well aware of this and from there on down nobody cares but those whom put themselves in harms way each and everyday to keep society safe! For the family of Jose I say FIGHT, FIGHT with all your love and passion to make those responsible for your loved one's death to pay! GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY and may GOD'S PEACE BE UPON YOU through this tragic and devastating time.
BOP

United States

#3 Jun 22, 2008
I am a Superviory Correctional Officer, and to the Rivera Family I am so very sorry for the lose of your love one. Jose Rivera was not just an Officer he was a hero he was a hero because he chose to work at a pen. Not alot of people can say they know how it is in a Pen, but I do and I know what goes on in an Officers mind everyday while working there. This is twice in my career that a death has occured and I am still awanting for the Justice to take place on the first one it happen in 1997 at USP Lompoc, CA. I feel that we as staff of the BOP need to take a big step back and look at the very big picture and start to change things around or we will lose another Brother or Sister. My prayers will be with the Rivera Family and MAY GOD BLESS YOU DURING THIS TRAGIC TIME. kvl 318 BIG
Berm

Missoula, MT

#4 Jun 22, 2008
By the way to whoever posted this they are Correctional Officers and not GUARDS!
MAY YOU RIP BRO!
Cali

Chico, CA

#6 Jun 22, 2008
This is a very unfortunate incident and it will not be the last. The last time a federal officer was killed by an inmate(s) was in Lompoc, CA, about 10 years ago. I worked at USP Victorville. I left last year when I saw how the BOP was headed rapidly in a downward spiral. I felt something really bad was going to happen to a staff. I just thought it would be there. Severely understaffed, untrained officers, little to no inmate programs, and most importantly supervisory staff looking the other way "to keep the peace". What I mean by this, homade alcohol (hooch) which is illegal, is prevelant. Drugs, also illegal, are given away, free samples anyone? Shanks, homade weapons, well they can have one but take the rest away. Staff disrespect, rarely were inmates disciplined. Management would rather look the other way than take back these institutions!!! This comes from above any Warden. This comes from people that do not EVEN WORK WITH INMATES!!! THAT, should scare you!!! I have been there and seen exactly what happens and it sickens me to see this. It was my worst nightmare come true. Get out, no amount of pay is worth it.
SurfsideBeachSoC arolina

Myrtle Beach, SC

#7 Jun 22, 2008
Just wondering out loud....why are the inmates allowed to lift weights and bulk up? Most of them are stronger and more fit than the guards.
Fedup

United States

#8 Jun 22, 2008
Just wondering out loud....why are the inmates allowed to lift weights and bulk up? Most of them are stronger and more fit than the guards.

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Because of the ACLU...American Criminal Lovers Union!
If the prison system attempted to remove the weights, there would be years and years of litigation because of organizations as stated above which each and every inmate loves to have involved. The poor convicts who are so innocent and mistreated.
In times of budget crunchs and large deficits, the prison system decides it's better to spend the litigation money, which it would have spent fighting these frivolous lawsuits, on more important things.
Our lives are on the line everyday and the sad thing is the people who are in charge,(Wardens) a majority never have worked in a prison with inmates ina hosuing unit. Most were raised fat cat, spoiled little whiny rich kids, who's mommy and daddy had the money to send them to college. Their degree earns them the right to supervise staff like myself even though they have never walked one day in my shoes. They have never been close enough to be assaulted, spit on and feces thrown at them.
Officer Rivera's death sickens me and we all knew it was coming. This is just the tip of the iceberg. If anybody out there is interested Google, cpl 33 and look at the daily report section. These are just a few institutions reporting and look at the results. It's a war and were losing lives. If anyone cares, help us and contact your congressman.
Linda

AOL

#9 Jun 22, 2008
Berm wrote:
By the way to whoever posted this they are Correctional Officers and not GUARDS!
MAY YOU RIP BRO!
Berm, is absolutely correct; we are employee's of the Dept. of Justice. We are Peace officer's / Federal Correctional Officer's and should be addressed as so. WE ARE NOT Guards!!
We do work a very challenging and stressful job and find pride in our duties to protect the communities we serve and the people.

“Incorrupta fides, nudaque veri”

Since: May 07

Vincit qui se vincit

#10 Jun 23, 2008
Berm wrote:
By the way to whoever posted this they are Correctional Officers and not GUARDS!
MAY YOU RIP BRO!
My condolences to the Rivera family and friends!

I also want to say THANKS to all the men/women who work at any correctional institution! It's a tough job to do and every one of you put yourself in harms way to stand up for whats right! Thanks!!
SH3 EARNEST

Virginia Beach, VA

#11 Jun 23, 2008
my deespest sorrows to the rivera family and friends he will be missed. Was a great friend to all and on behalf of the USS NASSAU and his fellow shipmates that he left behind. rest in peace man you will never be forgotten.
cbc

Fresno, CA

#13 Jun 23, 2008
I agree with you bro..I quit working at Atwater a couple of months ago. I don't mean to talk bad about the BOP, but I told people that something bad is going to happen at USP Atwater. I saw how agressive and out of control the inmates had become since I started in 2005. I saw how CO's were getting assaulted and the administration would just lock down the institution for the night. The BOP needs to change their policy of having only one CO in a housing unit with no weapons or mace. Maybe back in the old days if was okay , but today's inmates are younger and more violent. They pretty much have ran the older inmates off the yard or shut them up. I feel terrible for Rivera (I met him once or twice before quitting). He was trying to work and pay his bills like the rest of us. I could have been a victim myself but thank the Lord He found another line of work for me. RIP J. Rivera
Cali wrote:
This is a very unfortunate incident and it will not be the last. The last time a federal officer was killed by an inmate(s) was in Lompoc, CA, about 10 years ago. I worked at USP Victorville. I left last year when I saw how the BOP was headed rapidly in a downward spiral. I felt something really bad was going to happen to a staff. I just thought it would be there. Severely understaffed, untrained officers, little to no inmate programs, and most importantly supervisory staff looking the other way "to keep the peace". What I mean by this, homade alcohol (hooch) which is illegal, is prevelant. Drugs, also illegal, are given away, free samples anyone? Shanks, homade weapons, well they can have one but take the rest away. Staff disrespect, rarely were inmates disciplined. Management would rather look the other way than take back these institutions!!! This comes from above any Warden. This comes from people that do not EVEN WORK WITH INMATES!!! THAT, should scare you!!! I have been there and seen exactly what happens and it sickens me to see this. It was my worst nightmare come true. Get out, no amount of pay is worth it.
ihandletugs

United States

#14 Jun 24, 2008
Lets beat this thugs!!! they are not in prison for selling cookies...we need more officers and more power... lappin you sucksssss...
Officer Garibay

Moreno Valley, CA

#15 Jun 24, 2008
SurfsideBeachSoCarolina wrote:
Just wondering out loud....why are the inmates allowed to lift weights and bulk up? Most of them are stronger and more fit than the guards.
I work in a prison with a weights and honestly its a great way to keep inmates busy! Some inmates spend much of there time working out which gives them a reason to program and stay out of trouble. If a problem breaks out on the weight pile it is closed until the Warden feels like opening it back up.......... This is control
Uncle John

Cheraw, SC

#16 Jun 24, 2008
USP BIG SANDY wrote:
Jose Rivera (HOPE I SPELLED IT RIGHT) is a hero worthy of great honor and his family are in my prayers! I am a Correctional Officer at USP Big Sandy and it is sad that, regardless of the circumstances surrounding our fallen Brother's death, our Federal Prisons are so grossly understaffed and overcrowded. Spend 10 percent of the money that upper management gets on more Officers, renovations, and updated technology to keep the prisons safe for our most sacred asset (our employees) and this may not have ever happened. The fact is that the Attorney General is well aware of this and from there on down nobody cares but those whom put themselves in harms way each and everyday to keep society safe! For the family of Jose I say FIGHT, FIGHT with all your love and passion to make those responsible for your loved one's death to pay! GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY and may GOD'S PEACE BE UPON YOU through this tragic and devastating time.
You are correct in many ways. However, many more executions would certainly help the understaffed problem.
Joe

Shepherdsville, KY

#17 Jun 24, 2008
Well I got the right post this time. My best wishes to the family and hope the guilty suffer and extremely painful fate. I realize how hard it must be to maintain professionalism at times like these but it must be maintained. If the Government does not make this case a death penalty case then such crimes will continue. Inmates with life need something else to lose! Also, when the evidence is clear, we need strong leaders, who will ignore the do gooders, relegious prostestors, and anyone else who would fight to keep the guilty from being executed and do the job! Execute these fools as soon as possible. Were to kind to fools like the ones who killed this young Officer. As for the weights issue lets be honest. Criminals with no conscious killed this Officer. Weights, if they had anything to do with it at all, are only a secondary issue. Trust me their alot of ways an inmate can get you. Weights, locks in socks, shanks and sivs, beat you to death, a garrote, and to many others to mention. It is just a tough and dangerous job.
SOS

Riverside, CA

#18 Jun 26, 2008
Mr. Lappin,
I hope you get to read this. Leadership begins at the top. Just like the after actions reports of Atlanta and Oakdale, its time for a change. First off lets look at the staffing levels. Counselors are NOT correctional officers and shouldnt be included in security based decisions. Second, Prison is NOT a buisness. Its a corrective envrionment. Wardens arent CEOS and Prisoners arent "clients". Perspective. Readdress policy and bring our levels back to where they were in 2002. I understand that there are a lot of issues to take into consideration but this is your opportunity to make things right. Soon everyone and their mother is going to be beating down your door asking about your testamony before congress. LEAD us, dont sell us out to get another Presidential Award. Other fathers, brothers, sons, and daughters still work here. Please dont let Rivera's death be in vain.. Double all USP's housing unit staff with C/O's. 2 staff per 130 inmates and Stab proof vests Is that to much to ask? If Rivera had a partner with him, he wouldnt be dead. Stabbed yes but not dead. FY 2005 Atwater had 10 assault on staff incidents with weapons (Per AFGE) Everyone knew this was coming but "We arent in the buisness of running secure institutions" right? Come work a housing unit for 2 weeks and see if your point of view doesnt change. An AW recently stated "1 officer every 10 years aint bad"
Please fix it before another father, brother, mother or son dies.
PEACE OFFICER

Hanford, CA

#19 Jul 1, 2008
I JUST WANTED THE FAMILY TO KNOW THAT MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL AND ALL OF US PEACE OFFICERS OUT HERE WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE. BE SAFE OUT THERE.
Freedom lover

Shafter, CA

#20 Sep 14, 2008
Too bad. But I guess that's what happens to those who choose to become the armed tool of the ruling class. Get ready ...MORE fun to come! ;-)
Uncle John

Calabash, NC

#21 Sep 14, 2008
Execute him now. Hold a trial later if the aclu wants to pay 100% of costs.
truth

Palm Coast, FL

#23 May 2, 2009
Freedom lover wrote:
Too bad. But I guess that's what happens to those who choose to become the armed tool of the ruling class. Get ready ...MORE fun to come! ;-)
How disturbing and heartless are you?

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