- Posted June 30, 2010 by
St. Clairsville, Ohio
BELMONT CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION AN OHIO PRISON WHERE VIOLENCE, BEATINGS, AND THEFT THRIVE
BELMONT CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION IN OHIO HAS A HISTORY OF INMATE VIOLENCE, BEATINGS, INJURIES, THEFTS AND STEALING BETWEEN INMATES.
Belmont Correctional Institution Warden Michele Miller and her security staff are ineffective in efforts to end inmate violence, beatings and stealing. According to the 2009-2010 Correctional Institution Inspection Committee Report (CIIC) issued 12/15/2009, violence between inmates has increased. Also, thefts and robberies between inmates have increased to alarming levels. There are few reported instances as inmates and staff fear retribution and possibly retaliation. Inmates describe the conditions as “the worst institution” and “gangs run the prison” in the CIIC Report. Belmont staff say “the facility has very good staff, but we can’t eliminate thievery and robbery”.
Belmont security staff report there are 40 Security Threat Groups (STG) with more than 500 identified inmates, by security staff. The prison houses more than 2700 inmates with over 1800 designated medium security, with 283 security staff. Apparently, the security staff allows and encourages violence. Corrections officers have allowed inmates to view a computer screen showing inmates with sexual offender labels upon their arrival from other correctional facilities in Ohio. These inmates then beat and rob the incoming inmates, who are transferring to participate in the Sex Offender Comprehensive Treatment Program, offered at Belmont. They come to Belmont seeking treatment. Instead, they are victims of violence. There are few official reports of violence, injuries, beatings and robberies and as inmates and staff fear retribution. The report states “Belmont staff cuss too much”, thus further supporting the accusation of Belmont staff inciting violence. On 11/2009 The State Journal in West Virginia reported an inmate was beaten at Belmont. WTRF in West Virginia reported an alleged incident of sex behind bars story on 5/2010.
The Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray needs to immediately commence an investigation of the inmate injuries, violence and robberies at Belmont. The Ohio State Patrol may have conflicts of interest with Belmont staff. No inmate who is transferring voluntarily to attend the treatment program should needlessly suffer at the hands of violent inmates and in competent Belmont staff who allow the inmates to sustain injuries and be robbed. A review of medical treatment inmates receive will reveal the truth.
http://www.ciic.state.oh.us/reports/belmontci09.pdf pages 9, 15, 35, 46 & 47
http://wtrf.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=80413 Inmate beaten at Belmont