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Published Reports Say An Eastern Kentucky Prison Is Dangerous

By: Amy Walker Email
By: Amy Walker Email

Published reports say an Eastern Kentucky prison is dangerous.

The Lexington Herald Leader talked to an inmate who says the prison is quote, wild, with drugs and gang violence. Just last week, a second indictment was handed down against an employee accused of smuggling drugs into the prison.

Drugs, gang violence, murder and conspiracy. That's what one inmate says is going on behind the walls of the Big Sandy Prison.

Robert Howe's interview with the Lexington Herald Leader comes after two stabbings in twenty days, and a second indictment handed down against former employee, Alice Stapleton, for smuggling drugs inside the prison.

In his interview, Howe says inmates from Washington D.C. are forming gangs inside.

A spokeswoman from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons told the Lexington Herald Leader that 350 inmates were moved from Washington D.C. to the Big Sandy Prison after a federal prison in the D.C. closed in 2001.

WYMT tried to speak to federal corrections officials about safety at the Big Sandy Prison, but they were unable to speak with us Wednesday.

A second indictment handed down last week charges two more people in a conspiracy to smuggle marijuana, heroin, and cell phones into the prison.

Federal officials told the Herald Leader that Big Sandy was no more dangerous than any other federal facilities.

Alicia Stapleton will appear in court for an arraignment on January 4th, and faces trial on January 16th.


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