Tancredo Visits Ex-Border Agent Beate...

Tancredo Visits Ex-Border Agent Beaten In Prison

There are 12 comments on the Cbs4denver.com story from Feb 10, 2007, titled Tancredo Visits Ex-Border Agent Beaten In Prison. In it, Cbs4denver.com reports that:

YAZOO CITY, Miss. U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado met Friday with Ignacio Ramos at the prison where the former U.S. Border Patrol agent was attacked by other inmates.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Cbs4denver.com.

Chopperpilot10

Colorado Springs, CO

#1 Feb 10, 2007
TANCREDO for President !! He has stood up to this administration and the Democratic Party, both of whom are in favor of illegal aliens and open borders.
Just An Observer

Oscoda, MI

#2 Feb 11, 2007
Why are these people sitting in prison? They are border patrol agents for Gods' sake, not common criminal that have spent their life in crime. Someone must get them out before they are KILLED in prison. Why is our Gov't abandoning its' own??????
The real reason

Fort Payne, AL

#3 Mar 15, 2007
One issue that is puzzling regarding the entire matter over the boarder patrol agents is the BOP’s decision to designate these men to Yazoo City. FCC Yazoo City low is a “punitive prison”. The BOP has always used the prison as a dumping ground for some of the worst inmates in the system. Security levels range from minimum out custody up to USP custody. If one took the time to research the prison itself they would find that over the years there has never been a successful warden able to manage the prison. Prison officials foment much of the inmate problems.

There have been a high number of inmate deaths do to lack of proper medical attention. The warden before Reese was Petifford. He and the majority of his staff was forced to transfer or resign over race riots, mass gang violence which resorted in a two week lockdown of the facility and later a food strike by inmates due to horrible food and lack of food that was being served. This caused another two week lockdown. Reese was sent to clean the prison up. She did not. She brought in a deputy warden that ended up having to leave after assaulting an inmate in front of hundreds of other inmates. In order to avoid having to spend money to treat seriously ill inmates housed in Yazoo, after several deaths, in 2005 Warden Reese arranged to transfer 250 ill inmates to Coleman, FL on a “medical transfer”. It was not a medical transfer and the inmates did not receive assistance for their needs, many who qualified for treatments at Yazoo specifically for their illness and the BOP guidelines for these treatments had to wait 12 months to 18 months to receive treatment at Coleman simply because they were transferred to a new facility. What Reese succeeded in doing was lower the number of deaths related to lack of medical care being offered at her prison. To this date the same doctor, responsible for many deaths is still at Yazoo. Inmate dissension and overall conditions worsened resulting in what happened to the ex-officer. Many of the inmates sent to Yazoo should have never been designated to that prison. Many times these minimum security inmates were sent as punishment because they would not testify against others on the street. The Government wished to make their punishment draconian because they would not cooperate.

There is no Federal Prison harder than Yazoo. The real issue could be that someone made sure these ex-officers were designated to Yazoo in order to receive the additional punishment that they wanted them to receive.
Terry

United States

#4 Mar 15, 2007
The real reason wrote:
One issue that is puzzling regarding the entire matter over the boarder patrol agents is the BOP’s decision to designate these men to Yazoo City. FCC Yazoo City low is a “punitive prison”. The BOP has always used the prison as a dumping ground for some of the worst inmates in the system. Security levels range from minimum out custody up to USP custody. If one took the time to research the prison itself they would find that over the years there has never been a successful warden able to manage the prison. Prison officials foment much of the inmate problems.
There have been a high number of inmate deaths do to lack of proper medical attention. The warden before Reese was Petifford. He and the majority of his staff was forced to transfer or resign over race riots, mass gang violence which resorted in a two week lockdown of the facility and later a food strike by inmates due to horrible food and lack of food that was being served. This caused another two week lockdown. Reese was sent to clean the prison up. She did not. She brought in a deputy warden that ended up having to leave after assaulting an inmate in front of hundreds of other inmates. In order to avoid having to spend money to treat seriously ill inmates housed in Yazoo, after several deaths, in 2005 Warden Reese arranged to transfer 250 ill inmates to Coleman, FL on a “medical transfer”. It was not a medical transfer and the inmates did not receive assistance for their needs, many who qualified for treatments at Yazoo specifically for their illness and the BOP guidelines for these treatments had to wait 12 months to 18 months to receive treatment at Coleman simply because they were transferred to a new facility. What Reese succeeded in doing was lower the number of deaths related to lack of medical care being offered at her prison. To this date the same doctor, responsible for many deaths is still at Yazoo. Inmate dissension and overall conditions worsened resulting in what happened to the ex-officer. Many of the inmates sent to Yazoo should have never been designated to that prison. Many times these minimum security inmates were sent as punishment because they would not testify against others on the street. The Government wished to make their punishment draconian because they would not cooperate.
There is no Federal Prison harder than Yazoo. The real issue could be that someone made sure these ex-officers were designated to Yazoo in order to receive the additional punishment that they wanted them to receive.
Your post indicates, a very serious situation is even worse than first thought. Why was he in the general population to get attack? On the night AMW aired his story.

Seems a very pointed, nasty message is being sent to all the border guards and sherrifs via this administration. Our president will not respond to over 80 US Legislators. Yet he happily tours the Americas and makes wide promises to hasten immigration, that some americans are just upset, without reason...he is after all making his point to all of us.
The real reason

Fort Payne, AL

#5 Mar 16, 2007
Terry wrote:
<quoted text>Your post indicates, a very serious situation is even worse than first thought. Why was he in the general population to get attack? On the night AMW aired his story.
Seems a very pointed, nasty message is being sent to all the border guards and sherrifs via this administration. Our president will not respond to over 80 US Legislators. Yet he happily tours the Americas and makes wide promises to hasten immigration, that some americans are just upset, without reason...he is after all making his point to all of us.
The message sent is that the border agent was sent to Yazoo because someone wished for the event that took place to happen. The BOP and Justice Department is very aware of the issues and problems at that prison but has ignored them for years. The prison is used to punish men beyond the punishment they receive from their sentence. The prison gang population is predominately Latin. Many inmates at that prison would do anything to be transferred to another prison and their sentences are long enough that the thought of receiving additional charges and time by committing an act of violence in order to be transferred does not matter too many of them. The prison is run in a manner that causes conflict among inmates. Yazoo has been a death sentence to many men. It is a prison filled with violence. I would think that Warden Reese is told by the BOP how she has to run the prison yet she had so little interest in the safety of the inmate that she placed him in general population and allowed this event to take place. Ultimately the person responsible for the designation within the BOP of that officer should be responsible. This event uncovers a far bigger injustice taking place at Yazoo. The problem is the people that are affected by the problems at Yazoo are convicts and this country cares nothing about them or their rights. The boarder guard had no chance at all. It was only a matter of when.
Terry

United States

#6 Mar 16, 2007
Real reason may I inquire, how is it you are so versed on these conditions? Do you have a way to contact elected officials? Do you have reason to think elected officials (that are interested)'know' what you do about these circumstances?

To me it seems there is a very definate message intended to be sent not just to the ones in prisoned, but to all law officials,'hands off drug runners/people smugglers...do you think this is too far fetched a hypothesis on my part?
The Real Reason

Fort Payne, AL

#7 Mar 20, 2007
Terry wrote:
Real reason may I inquire, how is it you are so versed on these conditions? Do you have a way to contact elected officials? Do you have reason to think elected officials (that are interested)'know' what you do about these circumstances?
To me it seems there is a very definate message intended to be sent not just to the ones in prisoned, but to all law officials,'hands off drug runners/people smugglers...do you think this is too far fetched a hypothesis on my part?
I am versed on Yazoo because I spent a few years as a non violent first time drug offender at that facility. I was able to witness first hand the problems that were prevalent at the institution. Unfortunately, as I said, no one wishes to listen to convicts or ex-convicts for that matter. I believe that officials are aware of the situation with Yazoo and that is why the officer was sent there to begin with. I am not sure if the message being sent is to lay off drug smugglers. I think the message is that someone had a personal vendetta for this agent. He is lucky to have made it out the way that he did.
Former yazoo CO

Byram, MS

#8 Mar 29, 2007
I had a run in with the warden at Yazoo when I worked there. She asked me what I thought about the new medium institution. I told her that offer safety was non existant. there are no safe havens and officers are asked to monitor multaple housing units at a time. Her answer was "We want the officers to be up, around and in the open to monitor inmates." She then returned to her office.(on the outside of the fence)
Concerned Mom

United States

#9 May 14, 2008
Can anyone tell me if conditions have improved at Yazzo Medium. My son is being redesiginated to that Facility. I can find very little information about that facility.
deb

Coaling, AL

#10 Aug 18, 2009
Concerned Mom wrote:
Can anyone tell me if conditions have improved at Yazzo Medium. My son is being redesiginated to that Facility. I can find very little information about that facility.
my brother is at this facility its a nightmare the visits are nightmares they have gang activity in this place,,,on a visit one inmates family was there why we were waiting on my brother they told me about some white gang that beats up inmates and the guards do nothing about it... i just pray real hard everynight...l
renecillo7

Bay Minette, AL

#11 Apr 3, 2010
I did 5 years in this prison. It is true that inmates are sent there if they refuse to testify against others in there case. It is a very punitive place. You are treated with absolute indifference. I lived thru the food strike and the lockdown that came afterwards about 10 days. We were fed boloney sandwiches for the entire 10 days. After the 3rd day I could not eat it anymore and for the first time in my life went hungry. The public simply does not care what goes on in this type of setting. The captain would lock you up in the hole just for looking at him. The day I got out of there I was so happy I could cry! To this day I will not go 1 mile over the speed limit. I walk the line. I have been out now for 5 years and I know I learned from that place. Not all of the prison staff are bad. Some do make up for the bad ones. There are many gangs in yazoo. There have to be because that is how you survive. There is no such thing as a 1 man island in prison!
JD Reacher

Memphis, TN

#12 Sep 20, 2011
I spent about a year and a half at Yazoon Low Security. I was there during the food strike and lockdown. We did eat a lot of baloney sandwiches but it wasn't that horrible. Being locked in our units 24 hours a day was not good. The food was bad at Yazoo and medical care was very poor.

I did not see gang activity at Yazoo, but maybe there was some. There was not much violence, either. I was transferred to Coleman in Florida for the drug program and it was much better than Yazoo City in virtually every way.

I was serving a 31 month sentence for wire fraud and was 58 years old at the time. I did hear about one rape after I left there. The person raped was a friend of mine, but I was not able to confirm if it actually happened.

There was a lot of hooch at Yazoo - homemade liquor and I assume, a lot of drugs being smuggled in. I certainly cringe at the thought of ever going back to Yazoo City.

I doubt it is the worst federal prison - probably the one in McRae Georgia is much worse.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Yazoo City Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Federal Prison Yazoo City (Dec '09) Sep 4 Ann 61
Trump for President, He will win. watch Aug '16 Daniel Boone 1
News How Eddie Noel avoided a lynch mob is a bizarre... (Aug '10) Jun '16 Eddies Grand Nephew 20
Bad Weather Mar '16 Pam 1
Tattoo shop now in Yazoo City! (Sep '15) Mar '16 Joni 4
Yazoo City Music Thread (May '12) Feb '16 Musikologist 17
Loch Lomond (Dec '08) Dec '15 toni harris 3

Yazoo City Jobs

More from around the web

Personal Finance

Yazoo City Mortgages