Harry served under 14 wardens in his career. Most top administrators
tended to keep a tight lid on information concerning incidents
at the prison. A notable exception was Howard Beyer, warden
from 1985-1991. His annual reports to the central office
reflected a policy of keeping full and accurate records
that gave a complete picture of the day-to-day life of
Following is a standard section in the
annual report entitled "UNTOWARD
INCIDENTS" from the Beyer administration for fiscal
1986-1987 (July 1-June 30). This is the best snapshot
of what goes on every day in a maximum-security state prison
July 1 Inmate Assault: Inmate Beal stabbed by inmate
July 14 Assault On Staff Member: Officer Sapp assaulted
by inmate Garrett for unknown reason. Minor injury to Officer Sapp's tooth.
July 23 Assault On Staff Member: Inmate Lee charged for
being out of place; responded by assaulting Officer Verellen with his fists.
Officer Verellen sent to St. Francis Hospital.
July 24 Inmate
Assault: Inmate Braxton stabbed by inmate Mercado.
July 24 Attempted Suicide: Inmate Rossi attempted suicide
July 27 Assault On Staff Member: Officer Wills asked to
examine Inmate Farms' container. Inmate responded by throwing content of
container in Officer Wills' face, then punched the officer in the face,
ribs and chest. Inmate Farms subdued and placed in restraints. Sergeant
Pelt and Officer Waldron also injured.
July 29 Assault On Staff Member: Inmate Wright threatened
Sergeant Dobron in the mess hall. As he was being escorted through the
rotunda, Inmate Wright assaulted Sergeant Norzon. Inmate Wright cuffed,
shackled and escorted to 1-left.
July 30 Assault On Staff Member: Inmate Webb threatened
Officer Rafalowski when inmate couldn't get 9:00 a.m. phone call because
of movement. Inmate threw food and water onto the tier. While being escorted
to 1-left, inmate assaulted the officers. Officer G.T. Paul sent to St.
Francis Hospital. No injuries to the inmate.
July 30 Inmate Incident: Inmates Manning and Williams
granted an attorney visit. Visit terminated approximately an hour later
by Administrator Beyer. Inmate Manning resisted attempts to take blood
sample. Mechanical restraints used to subdue this inmate. Incident filmed
by Internal Affairs.
July 31 Attempted Suicide: Inmate Rossi again attempted
suicide by hanging. Demands to be placed in 1C or will try again.
August 8 Attempted Suicide: Inmate Rossi Attempted Suicide
August 11 Attempted Suicide: Inmate Rossi Attempted Suicide
August 11 Assault On Staff Member: Officer Ferguson assaulted
by Inmate Flynn as inmate came out of shower. Assault continued on Officer
Boyd. Both officers treated at St. Francis Hospital.
August 12 Inmate Incident: Letter received by Sergeant Van
Dyne indicating Inmate Langston was beaten August 9 by two inmates. Also
that shanks are hidden in cells. Note turned over to Internal Affairs.
August 12 Assault On Staff Member: Acting on above note,
attempt made to search cells. In response to Code 33, Sergeant Van Dyne
arrived in 7-right to observe Officer R. Carter's clothes disarrayed and
several officers holding Inmate Robinson on the floor. Inmate escorted
August 12 Use of Mechanical Force: Inmate Morgan was to
be escorted to 1-left per orders of Shift commander. Inmate refused to
move and barricaded himself in his cell. Officers ordered to suit up, and
Internal Affairs called in to film the move. Officers pushed the cell door
open, pinned inmate to the bed and cuffed him. He was then escorted to
August 13 Attempted Suicide: Inmate Rossi Attempted Suicide
by hanging. Later observed jumping on and off his sink and putting his
head in his toilet bowl. Transported to St. Francis complaining of back
August 16 Use of Mace: Sergeant Van Dyne and Officers Morris
and Guido entered 1-left to move inmate Morris to 1C. Inmate had barricaded
his cell door and had a piece of plywood backing from his sink. Internal
Affairs was called and officers suited up. Inmate was ordered to place
hands out of food port to be cuffed; inmate refused. Mace was applied but
inmate blocked it out with the plywood. Mace was applied a second time.
Inmate taken to the clinic and then to 1-left without further incident.
August 19 Use of Mace: Inmate Morris was to be transferred
to another housing unit; inmate refused. Mace applied. Several attempts
to bring inmate out of his cell failed. Sergeant Boyd ordered inmate removed
and escorted to 1-left. Inmate later barricaded his cell door and flooded
his cell. He was removed and placed in the flats without further incident.
August 23 Attempted Suicide: Inmate Martino attempted suicide
by tying a piece of mattress around his neck. Transferred to St. Francis
August 24 Assault On Staff Member: Inmate Johnson kicked
Officer Jackson and another officer in the chest in 7-right. Inmate restrained
and escorted to 1-left.
August 24 Attempted Suicide: Inmate Martino observed having
a piece of string from his hospital gown around his neck, face down towards
the sink. Inmate transported to St. Francis, returned to prison and shackled
to the bed.
September 6 Inmate Assault: Inmate Shelly stabbed by Inmate
Smith in 1-left yard. Shelly taken to St. Francis and Smith to 1-left.
September 9 Inmate Assault: Inmate Beiter struck on head with
pipe by Inmate Corsi and stabbed in back by Inmate Saichetti. Beiter taken
to St. Francis with shank embedded in his back. Corsi and Saichettin escorted
September 13 Cell Search: Cells of Inmate Pena and Inmate Rivers
searched. While strip frisking Rivers, Officer Tisdale discovered five
packets of CDS and $100 bill in zipper compartment of his sneakers. Charges
placed against both inmates and escorted to 1-left.
September 16 Inmate Assault Inmates Sudan, Jamal and McNeil
involved in physical confrontation. Jamal escorted away from cell; McNeil
and Sudan placed outside of cell. All three inmates bloodstained. Pipe
found in cell. Inmates escorted to 1-left. Internal Affairs filmed search
September 16 Assault On Staff Member: Officer Bodnar assaulted
by Inmate Ford. Inmate wrestled to floor by responding officers and cuffed.
Inmate escorted to 1-left. Officer Bodnar sent to St. Francis and returned
September 17 Assault On Staff Member: Officer Burnett punched
in face by Inmate Roszits. Inmate subdued and escorted to 1-left.
September 18 Search, 4-Wing: Various forms of contraband uncovered,
including wooden sticks embedded with nails, drug paraphernalia, etc. All
items placed in armory.
September 22 Assault On Staff Member: Code 33 in 6-right. Officers
responding observed officers wrestling Inmate Jones on the floor. Officers
and inmate separated, inmate escorted to 1-left. No injuries.
September 23 Assault On Staff Member: Sergeant Gorbe punched
in mouth by Inmate Mitchell. Sergeant struck back. Inmate wrestled to floor
and cuffed; escorted to 1C Observation. Sergeant Gorbe treated at the clinic
and returned to duty.
September 26 Shop Search: Sergeant Van Dyne conducted a search
of the shops. Following contraband discovered: flammable sprays and acid.
Various vent covers in the loft found loose giving access to two windows.
Contraband turned over to Internal Affairs.
October 4 Assault On Staff Member: Instead of showering,
Inmate Belton ran down the stairs and assaulted Officer Marczak by striking
him in the head with a phone. Inmate held officers at bay with the swinging
phone until it caught on a support beam. He was then restrained and escorted
to 1-left. Officer Marczak was sent to St. Francis for treatment.
October 10 Assault on Staff Member: Inmate Davis was involved
in a physical confrontation with Officer Hall. Officers had to free the
inmate's grasp on Officer Hall to subdue him. Cuffs and leg irons were
placed on the inmate, and he was escorted to 1-left without further incident.
October 21 Assault on Staff Member: When entering the Donald
Bourne School, inmate Lee refused to submit to a search and assaulted Officer
Downey. The inmate was escorted to 1-left without further incident.
October 26 Inmate
Assault: Inmates Jones and Townsend attacked Inmate Steward. Responding
officers subdued all inmates involved. No officers were injured during
this incident. Inmates were escorted to 1-left with appropriate charges.
October 28 Assault
on Staff Member: Inmate Cameron assaulted Officer Sanderson as inmate
was being escorted to 3DD-Protective Custody. The inmate threw punches
and officer defended himself by returning same, and they wrestled to
the floor. Responding officers subdued the inmate and Cameron was escorted
to 1-left. Officer Sanderson was sent to St. Francis.
October 28 Use
of Mace: Inmate Alverez was tearing his cell apart and using a broken
pipe as a weapon. Internal Affairs was called and officers suited up.
Inmate refused all orders and Mace was applied. Inmate was subdued, cuffed
and placed on the flats. Officers were treated at the clinic for Mace
effects and all returned to duty.
November 5 Motor
Vehicle Accident: A Jones Farm bus collided with Officer J. Thompson's
(TSP) car. Trenton Police Department called and the necessary information
given. Sergeant Boyd and two officers arrived at the scene and took the
Jones Farm inmates to the institutional clinic to be examined. No injuries
sustained to the inmates on the bus. Officer Thompson received no injuries.
November 6 Assault
on Staff Member: Inmate Torres verbally and physically assaulted
Officer L. Brancato by throwing a table at him. This assault took place
at Helene Fuld Medical Center. Inmate was placed in cuffs, leg irons
and a restraining belt. When Trenton State Prison officers assumed custody
of the inmate, the on-duty nurse informed officers that this inmate should
be placed in isolation and transferred to St. Francis. Transfer made
November 8 Inmate Problem: Inmate Ellerby placed in physical
restraints to prevent injury to himself and others (per Mr. Morton and
Dr. Saxton). All bruises were the result of his banging and kicking his
November 9 Code 21 (Fire): A Code 21 alerted officers to
7-up. Heavy smoke observed coming from inmate Tholen's cell. Inmate was
at yard at the time of the fire. Internal Affairs took over the investigation due to the suspicious nature of this fire. Inmate was
placed in 1-left emergency housing Protective Custody. No injuries sustained
by officers while putting out the fire.
November 11 Inmate Assault: Inmate Burke and inmate Montouri
involved in a physical confrontation. Inmate Montouri taken to the clinic
for treatment and then transferred to St. Francis. Inmate Burke escorted
to 1-left. Internal Affairs investigated the matter and determined inmate
Montouri was to be placed in Protective Custody upon return from St. Francis.
November 14 Code 33: Inmate Massey was lying on his cell floor
with a mop wringer in his hand. Officers were restraining inmate Oliver.
Both inmates were involved in a confrontation. Both were seen at the clinic
and placed in 1-left.
November 16 Assault On Staff Member: Officer Grant assaulted by inmate Barbarino
while responding to a fire in that unit. Officer Burnett also attempted
to restrain this inmate as Burnett tried to extinguish the fire. No injuries
to staff or inmate, and inmate cuffed and escorted to 1-left.
November 18 Inmate Assault: Inmate Moore assaulted by inmate
Flowers and Rivers who were robbing Moore and attempting to get sexual
favors. Inmate Moore refused the advances and was subsequently beaten.
He was placed in Protective Custody and the matter was turned over to Internal
Affairs for further investigation.
November 19 Assault On Staff Member: Inmate Mitchell assaulted
Sergeant Campbell by tackling him to the floor. Officers Mendenhall and
Hoagland assisted Sergeant Campbell in restraining the inmate. Sergeant
Campbell was seen at the clinic and returned to duty.
November 21 Code 21 (Fire): Sergeant Campbell and Officer
R.W. Brown observed smoke coming from a cell occupied by inmate Galline.
Further observation revealed a projectile flying through the air from cell
34 to the 3DD pantry. The inmate was charged with possession of a weapon
and escorted to 1-left.
November 21 Use of Force: Lieutenant Wilson, Sergeants Jackson
and Miller, along with officer, were required to enter inmate Ellerby's
cell for the purpose of removing his clothes. Inmate refused and had to
be forcibly stripped after restraints were placed on his wrists. No further
incidents took place; Internal Affairs was present during this process.
November 21 Assault On Staff Member: Inmate Preston pushed Senior Correction
Officer D. Santos in the inmate's mess hall during the running of mess.
Inmate was placed in 1-left.
No injuries to staff or inmate.
November 22 Inmate Assault: Inmates Pitts and McDougald (Capital
Sentence Unit) involved in physical confrontation on 2E rec deck. Charges
were placed against both inmates. McDougald's recreation privileges were
temporarily suspended pending the Administrator's review.
November 22 Contraband Seizure: On October 13, 1986, information
was received that a "Strong Arm Operation" was being conducted
in 3EE involving several inmates. One inmate, Storie, was "middle
roading," playing inmates against each other. Several inmates were
interviewed and it was revealed that CDS was entering the institution during
window visits. On 11/22/86, Sergeant Loveman conducted a cell search of
Cell 1, 3EE and Cell 45, 3EE housing Storie and Fowler. CDS was found,
belonging to Storie, and upon leaving his window visit (Storie), a razor
blade was also found. Inmate was placed in 1-left.
November 23 Possession of Incendiary Device: While Sergeant
Campbell and Officer R.W. Brown were discussing unit activities in the
unit's control booth, they observed a puff of smoke coming from cell 34
occupied by inmate Gallione. Also, a projectile was observed going from
the cell to the 3DD pantry, distance of approximately forty feet. Sergeant
Campbell immediately proceeded to 3DD and found a yellow tube with one
end closed, and the opposite end open and burnt. He proceeded to inmate
Gallione's cell and found another rocket type projectile in his cell. This
inmate was taken to 1-left prehearing detention without incident.
November 23 Inmate Assault: Inmate Bobo assaulted inmate Manvel
in the inmate mess hall, punching him in the face for no apparent reason;
no words were exchanged according to Officer E. Armstrong. Inmates escorted
out of the mess hall, Bobo to 1-left and Manvel to the clinic. No injuries
to staff members.
November 24 Use of Force/Mace: Sergeant Aaronson was informed
Inmate Melendez was refusing to strip when ordered to do so. When Sergeant
Arronson arrived, inmate became extremely
hostile. Sergeant Aaronson called Central Control to request Internal Affairs
with camera. Upon Internal Affairs' arrival, inmate again
refused to strip. Mace was sprayed and his cell door was opened. Inmate
kicked and punched officers. Batons used to restrain the inmate. Inmate
Melendez was seen at the clinic and escorted to 1-left. Internal Affairs
filmed the entire incident.
November 24 Destruction of State Property: Inmate Ellerby
kicked and broke the window of his cell door (1C). Due to his behavior
and to prevent injuries to himself and others, he was shackled to his bed.
This was done without resistance or force.
November 24 Assault
on Staff Member: A Code 33 alerted officers to Capital Sentence Unit.
Inmate Hunt refused to come out of the shower. Officer Pearson called
for the shower door to be opened by the control booth officer. Hunt stepped
out of the shower and punched Officer Pearson on his left cheek. Officer
Cox assisted Officer Pearson and he too was assaulted by this inmate.
When restrained, inmate was placed in prehearing detention status in
the unit. Officers were treated at the clinic. Officer Pearson was
taken to St. Francis for further treatment.
November 29 Assault on Staff Member/Contraband: Sergeant Van
Dyne was informed that inmate Salaam was in possession of contraband (drugs). A cell search was conducted. While
officers were in inmate's cell, inmate turned and ran down the tier with
books in his hand. Responding officers chased inmate Salaam and in an attempt
to run past Sergeant Van Dyne, inmate ran into him. Officers subdued the
inmate and he was escorted to 1-left. Sergeant Van Dyne was treated at
the clinic for an injured shoulder. Inmate sustained a cut; he accidentally
fell while running. Note: CDS was found in the inmate's book.
December 4 Inmate Assault: Officers responded to a Code 33
in 2EE. Inmate Williams threw hot water on Inmate Beecher. Beecher transferred
to St. Francis Medical Center for burns on his body. Inmate Williams placed
in 1-left without incident. Officer Stanley also was hit by the hot water
and required treatment at the clinic.
December 4 Bomb Threat: Sergeant Keown, mailroom supervisor,
received a bomb threat call. Upon reporting the information to the chief
deputy, the command post was activated. Trenton Police Department notified
along with the fire department, Special Operations Group, and U.S.A.F.
Bomb Team with their dog "Buddy." Location of the bomb was unknown,
with time of detonation 45 minutes after the call was received. Call was
made by a male protesting the treatment of his brother. All civilians were
cleared of the area. After extensive search, area was deemed clear by the
bomb team. Code was cleared and business returned to normal.
December 8 Use of Force/Mace: Inmate Morris, per orders of
the Psychology Department, was to be moved to IC. Inmate refused the move
and positioned himself in a defensive stance. Sergeant Williams requested
Internal Affairs to film the move. When Internal Affairs arrived, Morris
refused to place his hands through the foodport to be cuffed. Mace was
sprayed and the door opened. Inmate was cuffed, escorted to the clinic
for treatment, then to IC. No injuries to staff members.
December 9 Use of Force: When officers entered unit to escort
Inmate Harris to Intake for a court trip, he asked for a telephone call.
This was refused due to standard operational procedures. Inmate refused
to be cuffed until his call was made. Central Control was notified and
the inmate locked in. Sergeant Hendricks and officers, along with Internal
Affairs, entered the unit. Inmate was again ordered to prepare for court
trip; he refused. Inmate was then cuffed and leg irons placed on him. He
refused to walk to Intake and
was placed in a laundry cart. Inmate disrupted the orderly running of the
unit. Female officers had to leave the unit due to this inmate being physically
dressed by officers.
December 11 Use of Force/Mace/Destruction of State Property:
Inmate Smith issued a charge for threatening Officer Ingram. Prehearing
detention approved by the shift commander and Mr. Morton. Inmate refused
to be cuffed when ordered. Sergeant Boyd requested the presence of unit
captain, lieutenant and Internal Affairs. Sergeant Boyd used Mace to minimize
the risk of injury should the inmate continue to refuse. Mace had no effect.
Inmate covered the floor of his cell with what appeared to be a soap solution.
All attempts to talk to the inmate failed. The cell door was ordered opened
and the inmate restrained. Physical force and batons were used only as
necessitated by the continued violent actions of the inmate until cuffs
and leg irons placed on him. He was escorted to 1-left without further
problem. Internal Affairs filmed entire incident. Officers treated at the
clinic and released by the Medical Department.
December 11 Use of Force: Inmate Smith began banging his bed
in his cell. When approached by Sergeant Aaronson, inmate was found to
have a piece of the cell's plumbing fixture in his hand. He said he wanted
to be moved to the Vroom Readjustment Unit. The Sergeant tried to talk
the inmate into releasing his weapon. Officers ordered into
the cell to restrain the inmate. When the door was opened, inmate dropped
his weapon and was cuffed. Complete incident was video taped. No injuries
December 11 Destruction of State Property: Inmate Smith kicked
a red brick out of the cell. This time, inmate complied with all orders.
December 13 Attempted Escape: Sergeant Pelt received a phone
call from Captain Poretti informing him of an attempted escape from Helene
Fuld Hospital by inmate Williams. Williams given permission to use the
facilities by Officer Lauth. Noticing the lock was on the inside, Officer
Lauth held the door open with his foot. This enraged the inmate; he became loud and abusive, disturbing other
patients who came to the door to see what the problem was. Inmate was being
cuffed when he pushed the officer out of the way and ran down the hall.
He was tackled to the floor and carried back to his room. Trenton State
Prison officers were summoned to the hospital and took over the custody
of the inmate. After inmate Williams' treatment, he was returned to the
prison and placed in prehearing detention status.
December 22 Use
of Mace: Inmate Brown transferred from 1-left to 1C. Mace used because
the inmate was uncooperative and abusive towards officers. No injuries
to staff members.
December 22 Evacuation
of Wing: A major fire was reported on 7-up necessitating evacuation
of inmates to the chapel. Trenton police notified to have the Lifemobile
and several ambulances dispatched to the prison. Heavy smoke sent supervisors
and officers to St. Francis Medical Center for treatment. Three officers
admitted overnight. The fire started in inmate Tigney's cell. His cell
and contents completely destroyed. Internal Affairs took over the investigation.
December 28 Attempted
Escape: SB 5 Officer J.E. Bigham spotted three inmates walking through
the construction yard to the shop hall area alongside of 4-wing. Officer
Bigham immediately notified central control. A code 99 was sounded. Officer
Bigham blew his whistle and the three inmates came out from behind the
shop hall with hands over their heads. He held them at bay until assistance
came. A stand- up count was taken and three dummies were found in cell
73 in 4-left. These three inmates had exited 4-wing through a hole in
the ceiling of cell 73.
December 28 Lockdown of Institution: As a result
of the escape attempt, the institution was locked down. Administrator Beyer
a state of emergency. Searches commenced which resulted in the finding
of contraband. Cell 92 in 4-left revealed a hole. The inmate who occupied
this cell was placed in 1-left. The institution returned to normal on December
January 2 Destruction of State Property: Inmate Mars destroyed
the unit telephone, stapler and flashlight, and threw drawers from the
unit podium at the control booth and cracked the window. The inmate was
handcuffed and taken to 1-left without further incident. No injuries to
inmate or staff members.
January 14 Use
of Mace: Inmate McBride was advised of a transfer to 1C per the psychology
department. Inmate refused to be moved. Internal Affairs arrived to video
tape this move. Inmate was again ordered, and again he refused. Mace
was sprayed in his cell and inmate submitted to being handcuffed. He
was taken to the clinic for treatment of Mace and escorted to 1C without
further incident. No injuries to staff members.
January 15 Use
of Mace: Sergeant Boyd was summoned to 2C as a result of inmate Forman
causing a disturbance. Inmate was loud and any attempt to quiet him fell
on deaf ears. Inmate Forman was advised he would be going to 1-left if
he continued this behavior. The shift commander was notified and Internal
Affairs was contacted. Upon their arrival, the inmate was still causing
a disturbance. Mace was sprayed, and officers entered the cell and handcuffed
the inmate. Leg irons were also applied. He was treated at the clinic
and escorted to 1-left without further incident.
January 15 Vroom Readjustment Unit Yard Incident:
Inmate Griffith broke a window upon entering the yard. Yard movement ceased
and inmates in the yard ordered back to their units. Six inmates refused
to come in. Additional officers were held over at shift change to control
the situation. Internal Affairs provided video coverage. Inmates again
were ordered to return to their units at which time they were strip frisked,
handcuffed, and escorted to lock up. Minimum force was needed to handcuff
the inmates since they refused to be cuffed. Inmate F. Lewis did not allow
custody to remove his cuffs until 7:20 on 1/16/87. No injuries to staff
or inmates. Other inmates involved: Brittingham; Robbins; Chase; and P.
February 1 Assault on Staff Member/Use of Mace: Inmate
Bridges threw water on Officer B.C. Jones in 2FF. Inmate was advised by
Lieutenant Simpson that he was being placed in 1-left. Upon opening the
cell door, inmate came at Lieutenant Simpson with a ball point pen in each
hand at which time inmate was Maced, shackled, and taken to the clinic.
He was treated and then escorted to 1-left without further incident.
February 3 Use of Mace: Inmate Smith was ordered to be placed
in 1C per the Psychology Department. This inmate refused to move. Internal
Affairs was contacted to provide video coverage. Inmate was ordered to
move and again he refused. Mace was sprayed and inmate was cuffed. Inmate
was taken to the clinic, then to IC.
February 7 Assault on Staff Member/Injury: Inmate Deckle
was transferred from one cell to another due to unsanitary condition of
his cell. Once cleared of his cell, inmate dropped his property and struck
Officer J. Marczak in the chest. An alarm was sounded and officers restrained
inmate. He was then escorted to 1-left. Officer Marczak sustained injuries
to his left shoulder. Officer H. Grant sustained a cut on his right hand.
Both were treated at St. Francis.
February 9 Assault on Staff Member: While being escorted
to 1-left, inmate Cinque made a racial slur and then proceeded to assault
Officers C. Boyd and C. Baker by punching them. A Code 33 alerted officers
to the scene and inmate was subdued. Inmate Cinque was treated for minor
injuries and escorted to 1-left. Officers were referred to St. Francis
for further examination. No serious injury to Officer Boyd. Officer
Baker required several stitches to his eye.
February 12 Attempted
Escape/Tampering with Locking Device: Inmate J. Scott was observed
out of his cell, unit 7-Up. It is unknown how this inmate was out of
his cell because the tier boxes are locked at night and the officers
do not have keys. Inmate was taken to 1-left without incident. The
inmate was spotted because of additional officers assigned to the unit.
The locking system in this unit has caused inmates to enter/exit their
cells at any time. This presents a safety and security hazard and has
custody staff deeply concerned.
February 15 Fighting and Assault with a Weapon: A fight took
place in cell 73 occupied by inmates Childs, Muhammad, and Price. Inmate
Price was stabbed by inmate Childs who alleges he was assaulted by the
other two inmates. A search of the cell revealed a can opener with blood
stains. Reports were forwarded to Internal Affairs who are investigating
further. Childs was found not guilty of the assault and was taken to the
Vroom Readjustment Unit/Protective Custody.
February 17 Assault on Staff Member/Use of Force: While in
the holding cell in courtline, inmate Mars began shouting obscenities
at Officer S. Howlett. Lieutenant Shepelenko then called for escorting
officers to remove inmate from the area. Upon their arrival, inmate Mars
refused to be handcuffed and began to struggle with these officers. He
was subdued and the escorting officers were taking him to 1-left when this
inmate began kicking officers. Leg irons were placed on inmate Mars to
subdue him further. He was placed in 1-left still threatening the officers.
March 1 Escape:
Inmate Beckett, a Jones Farm minimum custody inmate, was detailed to clean
the front house of Trenton State Prison. At approximately 12:55 p.m.,
this inmate was reported missing. The shift commander was notified along
with other appropriate personnel. The Escape Plan and Command Post was
activated. Search teams were sent to key locations with negative results.
At approximately 3:05 p.m., the Command Post was secured. Inmate was apprehended
at a later date in Trenton, New Jersey.
March 1 Assault on Staff Member with a Weapon: Inmate
Wilson assaulted Officer Froman. Inmate was being escorted to the clinic
for an appointment with Dr. Berrisford. Inmate Wilson walked past Officer
Froman, Clinic Officer, without giving him his name and the reason for
being at the clinic. When Officer Froman called this inmate, inmate began
to shake his finger in the officer's face, becoming belligerent. Wilson
poked the officer in the face and it was necessary to subdue the inmate,
all the while resisting and striking this officer with his cane. Responding
officer subdued the inmate, and it was determined to keep the inmate at
the clinic in the overflow unit. When ordered to strip, inmate began to
cry and act bizarre. This was taped by Internal Affairs. Inmate Wilson
was restrained until seen by the psychologist. Upon recommendation by the
psychology department, the inmate was shackled to the bed. No further incident
was encountered with this inmate.
March 10 Movement of Inmates: As a result of an on-going
investigation by Internal Affairs Unit, Trenton State Prison, twenty inmates
were moved from general population to 4C Management Control Unit (Prehearing
Detention). These inmates were identified as major drug traffickers within
this institution. The move was done without incident and completed by March
March 10 Inmate Assault: During a fight in the mess hall,
inmate Young slashed inmate Hedgepeth in the face. The weapon consisted
of two razor blades found on inmate Young when he was searched upon entering
1-left, Prehearing Detention. Inmate Hedgepeth was treated at St. Francis;
no injuries to staff members.
March 13 Attempted Suicide: Inmate Holland was observed "cutting
up." A code 66 was immediately sounded. The inmate was escorted to
the clinic, then to St. Francis for further treatment. This escort took
place without incident. Internal Affairs investigated this incident.
March 13 Hostage Situation: Approximately 1:30 p.m., a
hostage situation was in progress in the Donald Bourne School. Inmate Galvan
was holding three civilian hostages. The Command Post was activated as
well as key personnel contacted. Verification of personnel being held were
H. Johnson, social worker; M. Sledge, social worker; and Ms. Hill, social
worker. A stand up count was taken; inmate J. Cedeno and D. Garner were also
taken hostage. An investigation revealed innate Galvan was upset because
he felt there was a mistake in his parole date and that triggered the hostage
situation. Agreeing to a request for a transfer to Yardville led to the
surrendering of the hostages. Inmate was transferred to Yardville and placed
in Prehearing Detention pending a disciplinary hearing.
March 27 Assault on Staff Member: Officer Gonzales was
assaulted by inmate Douglas in the facial area. A Code 33 alerted officers
who subdued the inmate. While officers were restraining inmate Douglas,
inmate Waliyallah came to Douglas' aid by jumping on the officers. Both
inmates were taken to 1-left. During the time of the lock-up, inmate Wilson
incited other inmates by yelling, "We should get together and kill
Sergeant Shyner." He was also placed in 1-left with Internal Affairs
filming the escort.
April 1 Inmate
Assault Sergeant Williams observed Officer K. Butler running toward
a confrontation between two inmates, Islam and Robertson, in the West
Compound. Yard movement was in progress. Both inmates were seen at the
clinic. Islam was taken to St. Francis for stitches for a wound on his
head. Robertson was examined, released, and taken to 1-left. No injuries
April 2 Assault
with Weapon: Inmate Guzman approached the control booth in 2FF and
informed the officer that he wanted to go to the clinic. This inmate
was bleeding from his right cheek. Inmate stated inmate Salas had cut
him through the food port. Salas' cell was searched with negative results;
he was then escorted to 1-left without incident.
April 6 Assault
on Staff Member: Officer Gorman was assaulted by inmate Ghana when
he attempted to stop this inmate from placing two eggs in his jacket
pocket. Inmate Ghana punched Officer Gorman, and inmate Muslim struck
Officer K.L. Clark in the chest in an attempt to prevent the officer
from going to the assistance of Officer Gorman. Inmates Ghana and Muslim
were escorted to 1-left. Officer Gorman was taken to St. Francis.
April 7 Assault
on Staff Member: Sergeant Reynolds was dispatched to 3FF to escort
inmate Perez to 1-left for refusing to lock in. The inmate was placed
in handcuffs without any problems. However, upon entering the elevator,
the inmate commented, "Listen to M." He then broke free of
the grip and kicked the back of the sergeant's legs, and began striking
at the escort officers. The inmate was subdued, but continued to resist
and refused to move. Finally moving, the inmate was taken to the clinic
for a minor cut under his eye. The escort was then taken over by Sergeant
April 8 Assault
on Staff Member: Inmate Priore assaulted Officer L. Augustine by
throwing the unit phone at him and striking him on his arm. Inmate refused
to be cuffed when informed he was going to lock up. Internal Affairs
was requested to film this move. Officers suited up as the inmate had
used his foot locker as a shield. The cell door was opened, and
inmate subdued and cuffed. He was taken to 1-left. Officer Augustine
was sent to the clinic and returned to duty.
April 14 Assault
on Staff Member: Inmate Scaife refused to return to his cell after
being let out to speak with Officer Burrus (2C Control Booth Officer).
No custody personnel were on the floor. Inmate was ordered back to his
cell to which he refused. He struck Officer Burnett in the face (officers
were summoned to the unit due to the inmate's behavior). A Code 33 was
sounded and additional officers subdued the inmate. He was taken to the
clinic, released, and escorted to 1-left.
April 28 Assault
on Staff Member: Officer Vasquez was assaulted by inmate Stone during
a mass movement to the Donald Bourne School. Officer Vasquez was sent
to St. Francis Medical Center for treatment for injury to his lip and
right eye. Inmate Stone was treated for a mouth injury at the clinic
and escorted to 1-left. Due to inconsistencies in reports filed by staff
members, Internal Affairs conducted an investigation. There was no evidence
to indicate misconduct on the part of custody staff. However, due to
this information not being passed on to the hearing officer, this inmate
was found not guilty of the charges.
May 8 Assault on Staff Member: Sergeant Reynolds observed
inmate Cerabone piling various items in the center of his cell, taking
matches and attempting to strike one to start a fire. Sergeant Reynolds
entered the cell to prevent a fire. He was immediately attacked by inmate
Cerabone who proceeded to punch the sergeant until Cerabone was subdued and cuffed. The inmate was taken to the clinic, then
to 1-left and placed in a cell
on the flats under a fifteen-minute suicide watch.
May 12 Inmate Assault/Assault on Staff Member:
Officer Gorman, SB #8 Officer, observed inmate Bobo and inmate Harrell
fighting in the yard. Lieutenant Sudol, Sergeant Reynolds, and officers
entered the yard to break up the fight.
Inmate Amin started to distract Sergeant Reynolds at which point Bobo struck
the sergeant in the back of the head with a closed fist, knocking him down.
Bobo was subdued and officers attempted to remove these two inmates when
inmate Amin became disruptive and attempted to interfere with the removal
of the two inmates. All inmates were finally subdued and escorted out of
the yard to the clinic and then to 1-left. Staff injuries: V. Antico--facial
area, partial dental plate broken; T. Johnson-eye injury; and Sergeant
Reynolds--injury to right arm. No injuries
May 16 Assault
on Staff Member/Use of Force: Sergeant Conyers was summoned to 4B
as a result of inmate Gallucci throwing his food tray out of the food
port, striking Officer Burnett. Inmate Laportes also threw his tray on
the tier. Gallucci was escorted to 1-left. Laportes refused to be handcuffed.
Internal Affairs and officers suited up; the inmate again refused to
be cuffed. The cell door was opened, officers subdued this inmate, and
he was cuffed. Inmate Laportes refused to walk and had to be carried
out of the unit.
May 16 Assault
on Staff Member: Officer M. Gonzalez, 7R Officer, was in the process
of searching a cell belonging to inmate Campbell when this inmate became
loud and abusive towards this officer. Officer Gonzalez summoned the
area supervisor and related what had transpired. Sergeant Hendricks notified
Lieutenant Davis who ordered the inmate placed in 1-left. As Campbell
was being escorted to 1-left, he broke away from the sergeant and proceeded
to 7R where he assaulted Officer Gonzalez. He was finally restrained
and escorted to 1-left. Once escorted to 1-left, Officer Gonzalez stated
to Lieutenant Davis that inmate Jackson had stepped between Officer Gonzalez
and Campbell, stating that Campbell was not going anywhere. This inmate
was also placed in 1-left. Officer Gonzalez was seen by the nurse; no
treatment was needed.
May 18 Assault on Staff Member: Officer G.T. Paul was
assaulted by inmate Whack. The inmate was subdued, taken to the clinic,
examined, released, and escorted to 1-left. Inmate Hilliard succeeded in
pulling Officer Paul's arms away when Officer Paul was defending himself
when attacked by inmate Whack. Inmate Hilliard was also placed in 1-left.
Officer Paul was referred to St. Francis for examination and treatment
for a minor arm injury.