Lightning kills inmate at Ohio prison

Officials say one inmate was killed and five others were hurt by lightning that struck at a prison in eastern Ohio. Authorities at the Belmont Correctional Institution say lightning hit just before 6:30 p.m. Monday as inmates were in a recreation yard.

Dalin Anderson, 33, of Summit County, and another inmate were taken to a hospital, where Anderson was pronounced dead. Prison spokeswoman Kathy Cole said the other inmate was still hospitalized Tuesday with injuries that are not life threatening. Four other inmates who were hurt were treated at the prison. Records show Anderson was at the prison since 2005 on charges of drug possession and illegal possession of chemicals. He was expected to be released in 2014.

Inmate Death At Kern Valley State Prison Under Investigation

March 24, 2010

Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) investigators are cooperating with the Kern County District Attorney’s Office in the investigation of an inmate death.

On March 23, 2010 at approximately 8:14 a.m., inmate Angel Ramirez, 30, was pronounced deceased while en route to a local hospital.

Ramirez was serving a seven-year, four-month sentence from Los Angeles County for possession, transportation, and sales of controlled substances. He had been housed at KVSP since September 24, 2007.

The death is being investigated as a possible homicide by the Kern County District Attorney’s Office. The prison’s Investigative Services Unit is cooperating with the investigation and the Office of the Inspector General’s Bureau of Independent Review has been notified.

The suspect in this case is a 30-year-old inmate serving a 50-years-to-life sentence from Los Angeles County for first-degree murder. He has been in state prison since October 12, 1999 and has been housed at KVSP since January 3, 2008.

KVSP opened in 2005 and houses nearly 4,800 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates. KVSP offers academic classes and vocational programs and employs approximately 1,800 people.

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Nolan Klein: an innocent man who died of an untreated medical condition inside Nevada´s prison system

From the January 12 2010 Meeting of the Board of Prison Commissioners:

Tonya Brown stated she had a private autopsy performed on Mr. Klein and passed out the updated death certificate to the Board. She stated had he been properly treated, he would still be alive today and the State of Nevada will now be charged with a wrongful death suit.

Ms. Brown stated an innocent man died for a crime he didn’t commit. She stated if the Pardons Board had granted a pardon for Mr. Klein he would be alive today and said his medical condition went untreated. Ms. Brown stated inmates are coming into the prison system and leaving with a death sentence because they were not being treated properly. She submitted the Death Certificate for the record. See Exhibit C.

For more information about Nolan Klein and his case, please visit

New Blog Spartacus Project of Nevada comments on Timothy Redman´s violent death

We have a new website in our midst of Nevada prisoner advocates and human rights abuse watchers:

The Spartacus Project of Nevada has joined the ranks, and is now online at this address:

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Following the terrible news of the violent death of Timothy Redman in Unit 3 of Ely State Prison on November 18th, 2009, The Spartacus Project of Nevada`s Director Don Hinton wrote the following comment:

It is time for this abuse and foolishness to stop!

I have corresponded with Mr. Redman in the past. His crime was terrible, but he deserved better than what he got from Ely State Prison and E. K. McDaniel, warden of that sump hole prison. Mr. Redman’s treatment is pervasive throughout the Nevada Prison System, and there are many examples to show this treatment is extensive. Revert back for a moment to the Report of Doctor Noel on Ely State Prison’s medical treatment of prisoners–that were left to literally rot to death, because the prison’s medical staff, and the warden, refused to give medication to prisoners.

Tim Redman was a young man when his crime was committed and received no help while in prison. Tim needed psychiatric help, not murdered by the hands of his keepers. His death was calculated and preventable. This is what Nevada has to look forward to today and in the future: “Murdered in Nevada’s prisons by Nevada Department of Corrections guards and administrators”.

Nevada’s Department of Correction, their employees and their director is beyond disgraceful–they are pathetic, and Nevada’s voters are permitting this behavior to continue. Aren’t we all so proud? OK, Nevadan’s, remember this: “Paybacks are a bitch”.

The picture we display of Mr. Redman, where the side of his face is torn off, was obtained by Ms. Mercedes Maharis, of the Spartacus Project of Nevada–from the district court in Ely, Nevada. This photo was labeled by Warden, E.K. McDaniel, of Ely State Prison: as “a trophy photograph”.

Way to go State of Nevada! Aren’t we the proud Nevada Citizens to have such great wardens and employees of the Department of Corrections? One could almost wonder how these men, Nevada’s correctional guards and wardens, treat their wives and families–couldn’t one? We know how they treat Nevada’s prisoners.

Does any citizen believe this type treatment towards prisoners is going to make them safer from the prisoners scheduled for release–when they are released from prison, with $20.00 in their pockets to start their lives over? Wake up Nevadan’s–this is your tax dollars going down into the pockets of the Department of Correction’s pay checks. You are not getting a good return on your dollars.

The harsh reality of life is the example you see everyday. Do you want this same treatment the prisoners receive from Nevada’s prisons to be brought home to your parents, grand parent and/or children, and possibly–YOU? Only you can stop this abuse, before it is at your door step, thanks to the department of corrections. You might want to think about this for a minute–it is just a heart beat away. It is time to get this Idiot Governor to wake up to the reality of what is being done to Nevada’s prisoners by way of “Legal Rehabilitation”. He needs to fire the entire department of correction’s administrators and many guards, and start over with decent human beings as “keepers of Nevada’s errant ones”. If not, do not expect things to get better and your tax dollars going to more deserving programs.

It is time for this abuse and foolishness to stop!

Donald Hinton. Sr., Director
Spartacus Project of Nevada

Another Nevada prisoner death at Ely State Prison

From Nevada Prisoner Voice:


Ricky Vell Masters, Age 50 and 8 Months
Born 12/10/58 Died 08/12/2009

Location: The Infirmary
Cause of Death: Pending
Manner of Death: Pending

Did Mr. Masters repeatedly request help for days before he died?

NOTE: In our opinion, families need to ask their loved ones in prison to provide them instructions in case of their deaths, whether it is by NDOC or any prison system neglect, or by their own hands.

If Nevada Department of Corrections’ (NDOC) cremation is not desired, loved ones need to notify wardens and the director’s office, in writing, that they don’t want NDOC cremation, that loved ones will make their own arrangements.

It has been reported that NDOC officials have allowed prisoner remains to be cremated prior to notifying loved ones.

Take positive action to create control today. Create a paper trail for lawsuit purposes, in the tragic event that this may happen to someone you love.

Another prisoner has died here at WSPF

Letter from WSPF prisoner:

Another prisoner has died here at WSPF.
Mr. Lornell Evans #385275 on Foxtrot unit cell # 106 on October 2, 2005 Sunday.

Here’s a short run down so please investigate and get the word out. Some prisoner said Mr. Evans had some kind of cancer – prostrate cancer or stomach cancer and he had an operation 2 or 3 weeks ago. One brutha said Mr. Evans was about 210 lbs. and within weeks he was 150 lbs.

Now on October 1, 2005 around 5:00 pm, Sgt. Sickinger stop at Mr. Evans door and asked him why he was not eating. Evans stated ‘I can’t eat because my stomach hurt’. Sgt. S.r stated: ‘Well if you don’t eat I have to write up a report’, then she told him he was off back of cell. This is the last time I heard Mr. Evans talk. He was not on medical observation, we don’t know why, after a major operation.

Now Mr. Anthony Stevens #288268 in Cell 107 next door to Mr. Evans said he was asking the c.o.’s for ice and they would not bring it to him, I guess H.S.U. (Health Service Unit) got him on an ice restriction where he get ice from them when he need it.

Now October 2, 2005 to my knowledge Mr. Evans did not eat lunch or dinner, no one checked on him at 11:15 am count, at 3:30 pm medication pass c/o Taylor passed him up, no check on him, 4:15 pm count; Sgt. Patton did count no check, at 4:20 pm dinner, Sgt. Patton, Sgt. Cook and another c.o. passed him up; and about two minutes later they came back beating on Mr. Evans’ door, calling his name over and over. About 4:35 pm they suited up on Mr. Evans and did a cell entry running in there yelling and screaming and when they drag him out the cell, c.o Sc. said ‘no pulse.’ Then they did an emergency count, knocking on everybody’s door, making sure they move. Lt. G., and nurse M. was down – other prisoners said Mr. Lornell Evans’ body was stiff when he was dragged out -there no way Mr. Evans should have been back here and that sick: and staff and nurses should have checked on him every 15 minutes.