Inmate Dies

A Big Sandy Federal Prison inmate is dead.

The Martin County facility is on lockdown.

Officials say 35-year-old Vincent Smith was involved in an incident with another inmate Wednesday afternoon.

He was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Officials have not released the cause of death and say an autopsy will be performed.

Smith was serving a life sentence for a murder in Washington D.C.

The name of the other inmate involved was not released.


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  • by LOVED ONE Location: Washington, DC on Jan 26, 2010 at 07:48 AM
    It has been almost a year since GOD called you ...but my heart still ache as if it happened yesterday. I LOVE YOU and I miss you so much ...our memories will always have a special place in my heart that I will cherish always. YEAP, I listen to our song all the time. RIP ...love you!
  • by MISSIN' YOU Location: Washington, DC on May 2, 2009 at 07:27 PM
    Life has been extremely had since you have been gone ...I MISS YOU and I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! People tell me ..'it's get better in time'? What is 'time'? When? Whose? Out of ALL the people in the world ...why did GOD pick you?
  • by Its not only the inmates! Location: Perry Co, Kentucky on Feb 17, 2009 at 04:49 PM
    Just because someone is incarcerated,doesn't mean that they are any less human than anyone else.We are all created equal.Some just get caught up in their crimes,while others never do.Take for example:back in July of 2008,there were 2 correctional officers that were indicted before the grand jury(trial still pending),they(Larry Miller&Chris Fallen)were former employee's of the Big Sandy Prison.An inmate stabbed both correctional officers on December 30th 2007,for violating his rights,and bringing knives into the prison.Larry gave an exclusive interview to WYMT's Angela Sparkman.In his interview,he went on to say that he has been off work & on workers compensation,ever since he had gotton attacked.Correct me,if I'm wrong,but is anyone allowed to receive a workers compensation check,plus receive food stamp,and be employeed at another job,(which pays cash per week)all at once.Well,thats Larry's story,and he has been doing this for the past 5 months.Wake~up people its not only the inmates.
  • by Sherita Location: Augusta,Georgia on Feb 9, 2009 at 08:46 AM
    Vincent was a long time family friend and I do not appreciate nor will I tolerate ANYONE bad mouthing him because of how YOU think you see him. Just because he was locked up did NOT make him any less human than those of you on this site wishing death on those that are incarcerated. He had family and friends just like anyone else. Roscoe was and will always be a strong,caring,loving and protective person dear to my heart. NONE of us are perfect and you need to respect the fact that this man is loved and has a family,too;they should not be subjected to the terrible things you people who do not know him are saying about him. If you knew him like myself and others did you'd have loved him unconditionally like myself. We need to know what happened to our loved one. R.I.P. Roscoe-We love you.
  • by Molly Location: Colorado on Feb 3, 2009 at 11:28 AM
    thanks Tamara-I have been waiting for a call from my son-lockdown would be the reason for no call. My son is in for bank robbery with no violence. Out date year 2026. If only they would sentence child molesters , child killers with the same or more amount of time,huh.? it is all about the money they (the government does not care about children,families) "those who matter don't judge me, those who judge me don"t matter"
  • by TAMIKA Location: DENVER on Feb 3, 2009 at 08:44 AM
    I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSE. MY HUSBAND IS IN BIG SANDAY HE CALLED ME EARLY IN THE MORNING OR FEB 2ND TO WISH ME A HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND TALK TO OUR KIDS. THEN LATER ON LAST NIGT HE CALLED ME ABOUT 7 TO TELL ME THAT THERE ARE BACK ON LOCK DOWN.
  • by Rita Location: New Jersey on Feb 3, 2009 at 07:39 AM
    My loved one is no longer there but knew Roc and was bothered by the murder. My loved one is in there for social security fraud - not rape or murder or any violent crime. Why he is at a USP I do not know but not all in BOP institutions are violent. My loved one got SSI while he was starting a business and did not know it was wrong. Got 3 years and was sent to Big Sandy. So do remember that it could be your son, mother, brother, husband there for other reasons. He has to live and be around the other inmates and reagardless of what anyone say - they are human and also remember that the system is corrupt. Those that have no money for attorneys and are innocnet are found guilty and are there too. How many stories have we heard of innocent inmates coming out after years in prison and they were innocent. The politics are deep in prison and system. Unfortunately like said before the attitudes of others do not stop once they are out. Good Bless Roc RIP from Trim.
  • by Molly Location: Colorado on Feb 2, 2009 at 03:00 PM
    Loved one DC--SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR LOSS. My prayers are with you.I have a son in Big Sandy and worry everyday about him.Here is a quote I found that helps me ignore the ignorant people who we deal with everyday. "those who matter don't judge me, those who judge me don't matter."
  • by Sue Location: MD on Feb 1, 2009 at 01:52 PM
    DC, I'm so sorry for your loss and I am sending prayers to all of this inmates family & friends that they can find peace threw such a difficult time. I too have a friend at Big Sandy and it's not a good place or is any prison in this day. The struggle for any inmate does not stop upon release from the system either as I'm sure your aware. My Lord spoke the words & when I was in prison, you came to visit, so I don't turn my back on them and do not judge either. It would be wise for the posts from those who think that they are in a possition to judge, to stop and think. One last thing...Karma is wonderful thing, so while they stand high upon thier pedastils, you can be sure one day, soon I hope, that they will be standing in our shoes. Maybe not themselves incarcerated, but a son, daughter, friend or relative!!!!
  • by Fellow Loved One Location: Denver on Feb 1, 2009 at 11:14 AM
    LOVED ONE-I am SO SO sorry for you loss. I too am teribly upset as to how people can act when it comes to people that are in prison. I can almost bet that if you were to ask them what they would do if a dear family member of theirs were to land in prison for anything if their attitude would change. I have a loved one in Big Sandy and the first thing that went through my mind was that it was MY loved one that had been murdered. I couldn't breath and I didn't know what I was going to do. I pray for you and your loved ones and the grief that you must be going through. Yes people that are in prison are there for a reason, but that does not make them less than human. There are a few exceptions to that comment, but those few do still have family and loved ones that do not deserve to go through the anguish that loved ones go through when a loved one is incarcerated. Ignore the ignorant people that have no clue what it' like until they themselves have to go through it. Prayers 4 u LOVED ONE
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