ON LOCKDOWN: La Tuna Prison Strike
POSTED: Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 5:43am
UPDATED: Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 1:01pm
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.