Inmates, Prison Leaders Reach Agreement at La Tuna
POSTED: Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 5:21pm
UPDATED: Saturday, April 17, 2010 - 11:53pm
ANTHONY, TX--- Inmates and prison leaders at La Tuna Federal Prison have reached an agreement to halt the hunger and work strike, six days after the facility went on lockdown, according to sources.
Staffers at La Tuna Federal Prison first told NewsChannel 9 they feared for their safety after hundreds of inmates went on the strike, protesting poor medical treatment.
This includes withheld medications, prolonged waits to see doctors and poor medical facility conditions.
Inmates made a list of ten demands to the warden including improved medical services, and threatened more attacks on staffers if their demands were not met.
Now we're told administrators have agreed to meet the demands, and they would need 30 days to fulfill the request.
A Correctional Officer Union website still shows La Tuna on lockdown since Monday. Inmates assaulted three staff members, including two Lieutenants.
"After hearing rumors of a food strike, staff started conducting interviews with inmates. This escalated into an inmate cursing at staff. Staff members attempted to detain the inmate when another inmate got involved and a physical confrontation began between staff and two inmates. The institution was placed on lock down status. The staff members were not seriously hurt," read the site's daily report from Monday.
We still have not been able to contact anyone in authority at the prison.
Every phone number has been disconnected.
One staffer speaks exclusively to our news team about the poor conditions he fears will lead to tragedy at the prison.
Hear his story tonight on NewsChannel 9 at 10.