WASHINGTON (AP) – A fellow prisoner stabbed a prisoner of the largest federal prison in the United States this month, the latest horrific example of violence in a prison system plagued by chronic unrest, staff shortages, corruption and abuse.
The 27-year-old inmate was attacked from behind at the FCI Fort Dix, a low-security prison in Burlington County, New Jersey, run by the same guard in charge of the Manhattan federal prison when financier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself. , three knowledgeable people told the Associated Press.
The prisoner, who is not recognized by the AP, has been hospitalized since the November 5 attack, they said. He is expected to survive. Those familiar with the matter did not have the authority to discuss the matter in public and they demanded anonymity.
The stabbing is just the latest example of serious violence within the Federal Prison Service. The agency has struggled through several crises in recent years, including widespread staff shortages, serious staff misconduct, a series of refugees and deaths.
On Tuesday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Demanded the dismissal of Michael Carvajal, director of the prison office, after an AP investigation found rampant criminal activity among employees because the agency’s officials ignored the misconduct.
The guard at Fort Dix, Lamine N’Diaye, previously served as the guard at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a federal prison closed in Manhattan. He was fired from this position after Epstein killed himself in prison in 2019 while awaiting trial for a sex trade.
Prosecutors say the guards who were supposed to monitor Epstein were instead sleeping and browsing the Internet. The Bureau of Prisons closed the prison in October due to much-needed repairs after years of deterioration, although it may never reopen.
The Prison Agency appointed N’Diaye as a guard at Fort Dix in February, despite the shortcomings of the ongoing federal investigation into Epstein’s death and in direct contradiction to the public statement that the agency would delay all transfers until the investigation is completed.
The agency tried to place N’Diaye in Fort Dix a year earlier, but then Attorney General William Barr stopped the move after the AP announced the transfer.
The Chief Inspector of the Ministry of Justice has not yet completed the investigation.
The FCI Fort Dix, located in the McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst area of the joint military base, is the largest single federal prison with less than 3,000 inmates. There are 231 minimum safe prisoners in the adjacent prison camp.
COVID-19 severely affected the facility: two inmates died of the disease and more than 1,600 inmates and 100 staff members tested positive and recovered.
The prison rose to headlines in 2019 when a prisoner, a former prisoner and two other people were arrested for using the drone for smuggling, including cell phones, tobacco, weight-loss nutrients and glasses.
In a separate case that same year, a Fort Dix penal officer pleaded guilty to bribing a bribe to smuggle.