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State Prisons Director Blames Recent Violence On Guards Policy Lapses
Updated On: Dec 10, 2017

A string of violent altercations at Arkansas' maximum security prisons occurred, in large part, because correctional officers failed to follow policy, according to state prisons director Wendy Kelley.

Kelley, who has led the Department of Correction since 2015, gave an exclusive interview to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, in which she was asked specifically about several significant incidents in which officers were injured, shots were fired or inmates took control of areas of the unit. The interview was offered in the aftermath of another prison outburst the day after Thanksgiving that sent two guards to the hospital.

Overall, since the summer, at least five guards and eight inmates have been hospitalized in instances of prison violence. One inmate, Jonathan Demoret, died in August...

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