ON LOCKDOWN: La Tuna Prison Strike

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POSTED: Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 6:43am

UPDATED: Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 2:01pm

ANTHONY, TX - Staffers at La Tuna Federal Prison tell NewsChannel 9 they fear for their safety.

We are told hundreds of inmates are on a hunger and work strike.

Three sources inside the prison confirm the strike and say inmates are protesting poor medical treatment.

This includes withheld medications, prolonged waits to see doctors and poor medical facility conditions.

A Correctional Officer Union website shows La Tuna has been on lockdown since Monday after a staff member was assaulted. We are also told a Lieutenant officer was attacked as well.

"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," reads the site's daily report from Monday.

But staffers worry things are about to get worse.

Sources tell NewsChannel 9 inmates have made a list of ten demands to the warden including improved medical services.

If those demands are not met, we are told attacks on staffers could increase.

We have not been able to contact anyone in authority at the prison.

Every phone number has been disconnected.

NewsChannel 9 will keep you posted on this developing story.

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I AGREE WITH YOU 100%,MY BROTHER IS ALSO A NON-VIOLENT CRIMINAL AND HAS AN INCREDIBLE HEART. HE'S MADE SOME MISTAKES IN HIS LIFE BUT THIS TIME WAS PULLED OVER BY A POLICE OFFICER,ON A SO CALLED ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP AND WENT TO JAIL BEHIND HAVING A GUN IN HIS CAR, BUT HE WAS ONLY TRYING TO PROTECT HIS SELF FROM SOME REAL CRIMINALS, THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN JAIL. PLEASE TELL ME, WHERE ARE THE POLICE WHEN A CRIME REALLY TAKES PLACE? I THOUGHT LA TUNA WAS SUPPOSED TO BE MININUM FEDERAL PRISON?!

They do not pay for tv, toilet paper, or meds. Get it together if they are asking for more money it's because they have been betting on Dallas. Take care of #1. You should see how much food is thrown away after every meal, it might not be the greatest but it is better than people on the street are getting.

The h*** with you. My father is an inmate and is in worse health since he has been there than he ever was in his entire life. his kidneys are failing and now he is suffering from seizures when he never had been before. he has had teeth pulled while they where infected and nothing ever done for the infection itself. for the longest time they refused to do a cat-scan to find the reason for the seizures. I work hard too but i believe that everyone deserves proper health care regardless.

My father has worked very hard his whole life and is a non violent criminal and because they refused him his med's for three week's he suffered a heart attack! He also has never been in trouble before he is 56 yrs old, Because his business partner did something illegal unknown to him he has to serve 5 yrs not everyone belong's their. The one's that do deserve to not have their live's at risk and They pay for their T.V., Game's and even toilet paper so do your research!

My husband is a non-violent, inmate. It took him over 2 weeks to receive medication he depends on to prevent a serious reaction to his colon. He has been very ill. He has told me of others who have wait more than that time for heart and blood pressure medication.
The food is never fresh, there are roaches in the kitchen. I've been told that although it is a low security it is treated as a medium. The judge recommended a minimum security prison within 500 miles of home. Anthony = 1000 miles

If you are sitting in prison ..that tells me you shouldn't ask for a damn thing. I work all day long and still cannot afford health coverage..please be serious. Thank God for the Dollar Store and a buck TP. When do we stop coddling these criminals? They have TVs , Games, Congenial visits, why dont we just set them us with homes on the land and let them suck our Govt dry? If you have done something to be in La Tuna..dont cry to the public..I know for a fact I do not feel sorry for you.

Okay first off you don't know why in the world people are in there for. So who are you to judge them? My father is in there and he is one of the best men I have ever met in my life. So for you to judge him and say we don't need to be coddling criminals, I have no respect for you. Grow up and keep to your own business because you have no idea what those men are going through in there. My advice to you is keep your damn opinion to yourself.

Just to give you a little advice there is no such thing as congenial visits they are not even allowed to touch their kids except for when the kids get there and leave that place is a joke and further more they treat the visitors as if they were the criminals so before you say stuff about it get the facts straight!!!!

You are evidently one of the great many individuals in this country that feel if some one is in prison then they are evidently the scum of the earth. You evidently believe everything your government tells you. You are probably not very educated because you love having someone to look down on. It is sad that this country has the highest rate of incarceration in the WORLD. By the way, it is congugal visits and I don't know where you get your information, but they don't get those.
Your cold.

Just because you're a prisoner doesn't mean you've stopped being human. Conditions are deplorable, the prisoners are treated so badly and they don't learn how to not be criminals. Then they're released back into society. And I think you meant "conjugal" visits. And those visits, the games, and the TVs...they don't exist at La Tuna.

A good majority of visits are a waste of time. Families take their kids but does the inmate visit with the kids? for the most no, do they read to the kids? no, do they even control the kids? no. Let them do their time I'm sure you have better things to do.

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What about the brave men and women that work there? It seems to me that a lot of the times their safety is compromised due to lack of funding necessary to address "CRITICAL" staffing shortages. People, the inmates are not there because they are productive members of society. WE NEED TO SUPPORT LA TUNA STAFF and demand that the warden SUPPORT them as well!!

Most inmates, by way of being criminals, are master manipulators. They manipulate the staff, the public, and family members. They will take any course they can get away with just to have the thrill of getting what they want. There are numerous legal ways of getting the attention they want concerning their medical needs as they perceive them. Thousands of inmate loving libs are standing by waiting to take their cause. But due these inmates use the legal process? No. Correctionsrising.com

My dad is in this place and he has messed up disks in his back and they gave him a weelchair and said here is ur medacine!

My husband is in this prison and they refuse to give him medical treatment all the time i dont care what you are in prison for you are still human beings and not animals & should be treated as a human being and not refused treatment.This place is a joke and as far as video games and all that garbage no they are treated like crap in their when I took my kids to see their dad they treated my kids and I as if we were criminals!!!!

I HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER IN LA TUNA....I KNOW HE IS NOT INVOLVED BUT HOW DO I FIND OUT IF HE IS SAFE OR IF HE WILL BE TRANSFERRED....AND YEAH THE STAFF IS RUDE AND THEY NEED TO REMEMBER THAT ONE DAY THESE INMATES WILL GET OUT AND THEY WILL GET REVENGE..,... I VE ACTAULLY SEEN IT HAPPEN.... THE FEDERAL SYSTEMS NEED TO GET THE WARDEN UNDER REVIEW....IS NOT SAN QUENTIN...

First off yes my family including my father took legal action! Also my Father does not have three week's to be without his heart med's that is why he had a heart attack. Further more The judge made sure to send paper work to the prison before he even went stating that he need's his med's so please check your fact's before judging!

all the inmates are out of lock down now. phones have been restored and all approved trasnferes have not been affected as far as i know others that have not been approved yet have been pushed back at least 1 month.

all the inmates are out of lock down now. phones have been restored and all approved trasnferes have not been affected as far as i know others that have not been approved yet have been pushed back at least 1 month.

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