Female case worker assaulted in Lexington prison

A case worker at the Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington sustained significant injuries after being assaulted by a male inmate Friday.
by Graham Lee Brewer Modified: December 21, 2013 at 12:33 pm •  Published: December 21, 2013
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According to Wallace, the unit the case manager was working in houses 160 inmates, and only one correctional officer was in the unit at the time of the assault.
 
“Five or six years ago there would have been five or six employees on that unit,” said Wallace. “Staff is upset. They keep screaming about this, but lawmakers have done nothing, and this is what happens and will happen if nothing is done.”
 
Jerry Massie, spokesman for the state Corrections Department, said he could not confirm Wallace’s numbers, but said he would not be surprised if they were accurate.
 
Staffing has been decreasing at Harp, said Massie. The turn over rate at the facility is high, and many workers leave for better paying jobs in the oil fields.
 
Massie was not able to release the name of the case worker Saturday but said she has been released from the hospital and as far as he knows plans to return to work.
by Graham Lee Brewer
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Graham Lee Brewer began his career as a journalist covering Oklahoma's vibrant music scene in 2006. After working as a public radio reporter for KGOU and then Oklahoma Watch he went on to cover the Oklahoma Senate for eCapitol before joining the...
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