Inmate stabbed to death

Full story: Post and Courier

James C. Belli Jr. was a 19-year-old serving a sentence for burglary and other property crimes at Lieber Correctional Institution when he was stabbed in the neck early Wednesday.
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jbs

AOL

#1 Sep 4, 2006
How many officers work in these prisons?
JET

Raleigh, NC

#2 Sep 5, 2006
Obviously not enough..there were 150 inmates to 1 guard in this situation..at this prison, there have been 4 stabbings in the last 13 months..2 of them fatal. The guards are just as dirty as the prisoners..throwing the warden into general population might wake him up.
xoxo

United States

#3 Sep 8, 2006
i have been to this prison to visit. it amazes me what a visitor has to go through to get through the doors. cameras everywhere, drug dogs sniffing you out as you walk through the doors just to name a few. maybe they need to be more concerned about what goes on behind the walls. no cameras or protection where they need to be! the guards walk aroung like there god. i was there once and they couldn't even get there inmate head count right! someone needs to answer!!!!! a young life is gone. maybe a new job for the warden, like mopping the floors with the inmates blood!
dld

United States

#4 Sep 8, 2006
so many unanswered questions. the ones who failed to do their jobs, the ones who committed such a brutal act. i find peace in knowing they have to sleep at night with this hanging over them, they have to look in the mirror, and they one day will meet their maker. find peace in knowing he is in a much better place then that god forsaken prison. MY SON JAMES was a beautiful person and has a beautiful view, looking down on us now. GOD BLESS HIM!
Lisa

Copperas Cove, TX

#5 Sep 9, 2006
jbs wrote:
How many officers work in these prisons?
This was my nieces Fiance they were engaged to marry in December I hope they get sued for this ......he was young and they are now apart because someone didnt do their JOB.
sad

United States

#6 Sep 11, 2006
have there been any changes inside the prison walls yet? or are they going to wait for another tragity to happen? how many families will have to suffer until changes are made? if something happened to the warden or a guard i'm sure it would be different. if i didn't do my job i'd be fired!!!!!! prisoners are humans and do have rights. they are not all bad, some just made poor choices. oh and by the way,there mission statement(to keep there inmates safe) what a joke!!!!!
rip

Kissimmee, FL

#7 Sep 14, 2006
i knew james a long time ago and i wish the best to his family and that he rest in peace ...
lol

United States

#8 Sep 15, 2006
i find it amazing that this poor family lost a child. a son, a brother, a grandson, a nephew, a fiance, a friend, a great person. we,ve all made mistakes in life, but to pay like this???? where is our justice system? you trust in authority figures and they let you down. this should not have happened to this KID!!!!!!!!!! the system failed him and his family. some people need to be held accountable, NOT just the murderers. alot of people have james blood on their hands, they have to live with it.
a kid bullied by james

Merrick, NY

#9 Jan 2, 2007
dld wrote:
so many unanswered questions. the ones who failed to do their jobs, the ones who committed such a brutal act. i find peace in knowing they have to sleep at night with this hanging over them, they have to look in the mirror, and they one day will meet their maker. find peace in knowing he is in a much better place then that god forsaken prison. MY SON JAMES was a beautiful person and has a beautiful view, looking down on us now. GOD BLESS HIM!
I have met your son. Let me just say YOUR SON WAS A EVIL, HORRIBLE PERSON. When i was younger, he made my life living hell by bullying me. if he was a beautiful person y was he in jail to begin with? This kid deserved everything he got.
a friend

Bronx, NY

#10 Jan 7, 2007
a kid bullied by james wrote:
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I have met your son. Let me just say YOUR SON WAS A EVIL, HORRIBLE PERSON. When i was younger, he made my life living hell by bullying me. if he was a beautiful person y was he in jail to begin with? This kid deserved everything he got.
I grew up with James, and I dont care what experience you had with him--how dare you post that comment about him to his mother. I dont know who the hell you think you are, but only an EVIL, HORRIBLE person would write things such as those you wrote in this forum.
james cousin

East Orange, NJ

#11 Jan 30, 2007
a kid bullied by james wrote:
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I have met your son. Let me just say YOUR SON WAS A EVIL, HORRIBLE PERSON. When i was younger, he made my life living hell by bullying me. if he was a beautiful person y was he in jail to begin with? This kid deserved everything he got.
how could you ever say something like that ? james was my cousin and he WAS an amazing person. i don't think you realize how much he went through and pain he was carrying for his entire life which was not long. james had issues like depression, ADD, and so much more. he took his anger out on not just you, but most of all my godmother, his mother. if you have something to say and you don't know the real story please don't be afraid to email me. jpie29xo@aol.com this sickens me to think you could write something like that to james's mom who is never going to get over the fact her son was murdered when he wasn't even suppossed to be in the prison in the first place.
CAP-Aunt

Cranford, NJ

#12 Jan 30, 2007
To the kid from Keyport New Jersey. You didn't know the true James. He had the biggest heart and just wanted to be loved by everyone. How dare you write what you did to my sister. What happened to James he did not deserve. He might have made some mistakes, but the bottom line is the entire system failed him. From his lawyer, hospital and prison system. Justice will be served by all who failed him.
sad

Charleston, SC

#13 Feb 1, 2007
a kid bullied by james wrote:
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I have met your son. Let me just say YOUR SON WAS A EVIL, HORRIBLE PERSON. When i was younger, he made my life living hell by bullying me. if he was a beautiful person y was he in jail to begin with? This kid deserved everything he got.
you obviously have the wrong kid. my son was far from an evil, horrible person. its quite clear you didn't know him. no one knows james like i do. for you to write this to me after losing my son to a murderer you are the EVIL HORRIBLE PERSON that you claim james to be. you need to check out the post and courier guest book to see the true person james was and what people truly thought about him. shame on you and may GOD have pitty on such a shallow person. have the guts to contact me you coward. dianed43@yahoo.com i feel for you, you heartless human being.
sad

Charleston, SC

#15 Feb 1, 2007
a friend wrote:
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I grew up with James, and I dont care what experience you had with him--how dare you post that comment about him to his mother. I dont know who the hell you think you are, but only an EVIL, HORRIBLE person would write things such as those you wrote in this forum.
thank you, who is this and how do you know my son?
FUTURE MOTHER IN LAW

Charleston, SC

#16 Feb 2, 2007
a kid bullied by james wrote:
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I have met your son. Let me just say YOUR SON WAS A EVIL, HORRIBLE PERSON. When i was younger, he made my life living hell by bullying me. if he was a beautiful person y was he in jail to begin with? T

is kid deserved everything he got.
GROW UP! EVERYBODY HAS HAD HIGH SCHOOL BULLSHIT! JAMES WAS A WONDERFUL GOOD PERSON. YOU EVIDENTALLY HAD ISSUES THAT MADE YOU THE SCHOOL NERD, OR LOSER BUT YOU OBVIOUSLY DONT KNOW THE JAMES BELLI I KNOW. HE WAS A WONDERFUL BEAUTIFUL PERSON AND I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING HIM BE MY SON IN LAW. NOT TO MENTION HAVING BEAUTIFUL GRANDCHILDREN BY HIM AND MY DAUGHTER. YOU OBVIOUSLY WILL NEVER BE THE PERSON THAT JAMES WAS, YOUR LOSE, LISA
diane dilorenzo

Ladson, SC

#17 Feb 6, 2007
a friend wrote:
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I grew up with James, and I dont care what experience you had with him--how dare you post that comment about him to his mother. I dont know who the hell you think you are, but only an EVIL, HORRIBLE person would write things such as those you wrote in this forum.
this is james mother diane and i would like to know who this person is. i thank you for your support. please email me at dianed43@yahoo.com
diane dilorenzo

Ladson, SC

#18 Feb 6, 2007
rip wrote:
i knew james a long time ago and i wish the best to his family and that he rest in peace ...
this is james mother diane and i would like to know who posted this comment. please email me at dianed43@yahoo.com thanks for your support
diane dilorenzo

Ladson, SC

#19 Feb 16, 2007
a kid bullied by james wrote:
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I have met your son. Let me just say YOUR SON WAS A EVIL, HORRIBLE PERSON. When i was younger, he made my life living hell by bullying me. if he was a beautiful person y was he in jail to begin with? This kid deserved everything he got.
to the kid bullied by james, what's the matter. you don't have the guts to contact his mother. maybe you were bullied because you deserved to be!!!

Since: Feb 07

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#20 Feb 16, 2007
Didn't they just have a murder committed six or seven months ago. I used to do prison visits there and the staff seemed really rude. They treated the visitors like we were scum! I'm glad my friend finally got out of there! May the Lord bless you Ms Dilorenzo
Reb
Mom of an inmate

Winter Garden, FL

#21 Feb 17, 2007
Our previous governer, Jeb Bush, cleaned up Florida prisons. Until he got involved the corruption was unbelievable. The saying goes "the speed of the leader is the speed of the gang". The man who was the state superintendant, James Crosby, had been promoted to that position from being a warden at the institution where Frank Valdez was brutally murdered by six burly, bubba guards. Because of Jeb, Many changes have been made and life is a little better for Florida inmates. Prior to Jeb getting involved inmates lived in fear of their lives daily. Not only fear of other inmates but from corrupt correction officers who set them up.
Check out the story of Jimmy Quigley, a Florida inmate who for fear of his life, asked to be moved out of state. He was sent to Vermont. A corrupt warden there kept Jimmy in isolation for six weeks - totally against the law. Jimmy, a very strong person, snapped & hung himself. His mother sued and won. The warden isn't a warden anymore. Big deal!! She should be behind bars.
The moral of this story is - for every thing a CO does that you see as "corrupt" or degrading to the inmates or their families, do not complain to prison officials. Go straight to your politicians, your governor. Put it in writing. They do listen. Make multiple copies and send a copy to every politician in your state. Surely one who is not on the lam and who cares will pay attention. Wear them down until they listen and act.

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