- Posted July 2, 2010 by
ST. Clairsville, Ohio
This iReport is part of an assignment:
BELMONT CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION IS WHERE A NEAR RIOT OCCURRED OVER A WEEK AGO
BELMONT CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION, IN ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OHIO, IS WHERE MANY INMATES INCITED VIOLENCE, NEARLY A RIOT
Nearly a week ago, there was a serious lapse in security at Belmont Correctional Institution. Many inmates were attacked injured and beaten by other inmates during the violence. Belmont correction officers subdued those inmates inciting the violence and finally restored order. Safety and security clearly was compromised.
The Belmont security staff failed in their responsibilities to ensure the safety and security of Belmont staff and inmates. Apparently, Warden Michele Miller’s staff is investigating. This is a case of the prison staff investigating itself for the breach in prison security within Belmont. The 2009-2010 Correctional Institution Inspection Committee (CIIC) Report clearly cites violence including thievery and robbery. When will this violence at Belmont stop? When will Warden Miller be more forthcoming about the safety and security at Belmont? The corrections staff and their families deserve answers. The safety of Belmont staff has been a concern for many years. The failures in safety and security have now escalated to the level of violence seen over a week ago.
In 1993, there was a riot at Southern Correctional Institution, in southern Ohio. Inmates seized control of the facility for 11 days. Bob Villandingham was a corrections officer who was killed by inmates on the 4th day of the riot. Inmates violently strangled Villandingham to death. His wife Peggy and son Robert, Jr. mourned his death. In the 17 years since his death, there have been improvements in security at SCI. Belmont has been facing a deteriorating security situation for several years. Warden Miller and her security staff have the responsibility to improve security and safety. The inmates who were the ringleaders of the violence are confined to segregation while Belmont staff investigate the violence.