According to Fox 2 Now, a stabbing occurred at the Eastern Reception Diagnostic Correctional Center located at 2727 Hwy K, Bonne Terre, MO 63628.
On Monday, February 7, 2022, the head of housing at the prison was stabbed in his office. He was airlifted to a hospital for treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries. Allegedly, an inmate came into his office with a makeshift knife.
The victim's family blames a shortage in staffing, stating that many are working double shifts or extended hours to make up for the lack of positions filled. During the weekend leading up to the stabbing, several fights between inmates caused the prison to go on lockdown. One inmate was even taken to the hospital after being assaulted by another.
Attorney contributor Ryan Frazier is an experienced stabbing victim lawyer representing civil lawsuits. Ryan recently discussed some legal options available to stabbing victims, wondering, "can I sue for being stabbed inside a prison?"
"Premises laws exist to protect victims from preventable dangers on properties, including prisons and corrections facilities. While these laws pertain to inmates being detained, protecting them from other inmates and excessive force from the corrections officers, it also creates a safeguard for those employed at the prison. Prisons are obligated to provide appropriate security for those on their property. They must ensure that they implement a high level of safety measures which may include monitored video surveillance system, a well-staffed team of trained corrections officers, and a protocol that addresses what to do if violence breaks out."
"If a prison neglects its security measures, or they are not taken seriously by officials, the prison can be found negligent if a violent incident such as a stabbing occurs. Correctional officers must respond and report any conditions that may increase the risk of violent incidents. Additionally, if security measures are not increased as violence in the facility increases, crimes may be deemed reasonably foreseeable. Victims of foreseeable stabbings could have grounds to file a lawsuit, suing a negligent prison for their losses. Victims are encouraged to go over their potential case with an experienced stabbing victim lawyer. "