USA: assault on inmate, latest case of violence in prisons

An inmate at the largest federal prison in the United States was stabbed in the eyeball by a colleague this month, in the latest example of violence in a prison system plagued by problems such as chronic disturbances, understaffing, corruption and abuse.

The 27-year-old inmate was attacked from behind at FCI Fort Dix, a low-security jail in Burlington County, New Jersey, which is run by the same director who was in charge of a federal prison in Manhattan when the Jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide, three people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.

The inmate, whom the AP does not identify, has been hospitalized since the Nov. 5 incident, they added. It is expected to survive the attack. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter in public.

The stabbing is the latest example of serious violence in the embattled federal Department of Prisons. The office has faced multiple crises in recent years, including widespread staff shortages, severe employee behavior problems, a series of leaks and deaths.

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Democrat Dick Durbin, called for the removal of the department director, Michael Carvajal, on Tuesday following an AP investigation that uncovered runaway criminal activity among employees due to poor supervision by officials of the department. agency.