The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that an inmate was stabbed at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility located at 7901 State Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19136.
On September 30, 2021, an inmate at the correctional facility was allegedly stabbed several times by three other inmates. Video of the incident was reported to show other inmates cleaning the blood. Additionally, it showed that correctional officers failed to be monitoring the area. Although a city government spokesperson was unable to confirm the incident, it was reported they were treated for their injuries.
A few correctional officers have voiced their concern about this incident and the increase in violence within the facility, alleging the decline in staffing is to blame. Many of the staff members are working overtime, including 22-hour shifts.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent is a stabbing victim lawyer who represents victims of violent crimes in civil lawsuits. The following information that Mr. Kent has shared some of the legal options available to stabbing victims that may be wondering, "can I sue for being stabbed in prison?"
"Laws exist to protect victims from preventable crime. This even pertains to inmates detained in prisons and correctional facilities, protecting them from other inmates as well as from excessive force from the officers. These laws ensure that property owners, including prisons, provide appropriate security for those on their property. Prisons should make sure that their property implements safety measures such as monitored video surveillance, a well-staffed team of security guards, and proper procedures for when violence breaks out."
"If security measures are not taken seriously by prison officials, then they can be found negligent if a crime, like a stabbing, takes place. Correctional officers are to respond to and report any conditions that might create an increased risk of incidents. Additionally, if they failed to upgrade their security measures as violence in the facility increased, any crimes could be considered reasonably foreseeable."
"An experienced stabbing victim lawyer would need to prove the crime was a result of negligence on behalf of the property owner. A civil lawsuit will then determine if the victim should be awarded compensation."