Central Pa. prison locked down after sex assault
A state prison in central Pennsylvania remained locked down a day after state police say an inmate sexually assaulted a female employee.
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#1 Jul 27, 2013
Rockview is a joke! Look at who runs it! She doesnt give a shit about anyone but herself!
#2 Jul 30, 2013
Read more here: http://www.centredaily.com/2013/07/30/3711057...
The latest assault at SCI-Rockview (ďState police: Rockview inmate sexually assaulted employee,Ē July 26) should be the clearest signal yet that employees in that prison and state institutions across the state arenít being properly protected.
To be sure, any job in a prison comes with an element of danger that every employee recognizes. However, when management consistently ignores its own staffing requirements, they unnecessarily heighten the risk. That is what happened last week, when a Rockview inmate sexually assaulted a female employee. Rather than having four officers in the housing unit, as management requires, Superintendent Marirosa Lamas chose to provide only two. Those extra officers could have been the difference in preventing this brutal assault.
Superintendent Lamas has referred to herself as a campus director. Itís time she recognizes Rockview is a state prison - not a college campus. Itís time for her to adhere to her own manpower requirements.
Regrettably, this problem isnít isolated to Rockview. Assaults are becoming more common under Secretary John Wetzel and his leadership team, due to under-staffing that ignores their own manpower requirements. As a result, officers have been attacked at institutions across the state, including Camp Hill, Cole Township, Albion and others.
The unfortunate assault that took place at Rockview should serve as a wakeup call to the Department of Corrections and the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Itís time to hold the department accountable for not meeting its own manpower requirements. The consequences have been devastating to prison employees and their families.
The writer is vice president of the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association.
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