Busy day yesterday at the prison in which I am employed. Bad decisions, the refusal to recognize glaring problems, and bureaucratic bean counting continues to put corrections officers like myself needlessly in harms way. 10 CO's were sent to the hospital yesterday in 2 separate incidents, 2 of which were closely related. 2 of the officers were injured seriously with 1 having surgery today to repair his nose and will need surgery later on his eye. His career is most likely over. All in the name of cutting costs. Because the department has been cutting costs, not at the top where there are 3 assistants under the commissioner, they do their usual and cut our positions which diminish response in an emergency. This is what happened: An inmate was upset and wanted out of the unit in which he was housed and he threatened the housing officer(we are 124-1 BTW) which is an automatic trip to detention. When the sergeant and supporting officers arrived, the situation got ugly. An inmate who wasn't a part of the problem made himself a part of the problem and sucker punched an officer in the eye, breaking his orbital bone. A few other officers were injured(broken fingers and one broke his nose). The unit was locked down, the offending inmates cuffed up and sent to the hole.(why they weren't carried out on a stretcher I don't know).
Then an act of stupidity. An officer who is a regular in another area was pulled because now that facility was short staffed(there are 3 main facilities, a detention unit, medical unit, industries building, and minimum camp), he was put on that housing unit because of the injuries to the first batch of officers. Pill call was called out(not recreation) and the cells were stupidly accessed(inmates can open their own cell doors) because pill call is a mass movement. Well, someone thought it was a good idea to leave this officer on his own while these animals were let out for pill call. An inmate approached his desk and said he wanted to go to pill call(he doesn't normally go) and then attacked the officer...savagely. Knocking him down and kicking and stomping him and said that it was in retaliation for the earlier incident. He was coerced by the scumbag Bloods to attack the officer. Mind you, this officer was just a blue shirt and had nothing to do with the earlier incident. This officer ended up in ICU. Response did arrive but not after the damage was done. If even 1 other officer was on that post the inmate might have gotten 1 punch in but would have been taken down. But as I said, the bean counters have cut positions taking officers away just to save money. And to further pour salt in the wound, Internal Affairs and our own chief said that this was an isolated incident and had nothing to do with anything else. No mention that it was gang related and that the offending inmate straight up said it was in retaliation for the earlier incident. Sadly, it's going to take one of us getting killed before they start taking things seriously.
This is the shit you on the outside don't hear about. This will not make the newspapers. If one of us fucks up it's front page news but the public is shielded from this type of crap. We only make the news if we screw up. Because of that, the public thinks we're overpaid slobs but they don't have a clue of the dangers we deal with every day. Nobody cares and now an officer's career is likely over because of bean counting. How these people sleep at night I don't know.
For the record, this is not a bouncy. This is a true incident. Sadly, it's not in the news.