Prison Attacks, Deaths & Riots

Title: Riot At 'New Folsom' Prison Leaves 13 Wounded
Date: September 20, 2012
Source: CNN

Abstract: Guards at the California state prison known as "New Folsom" put down a brief riot Wednesday that left 13 inmates hospitalized, including one shot by a correctional officer, prison officials said.

About 60 to 70 inmates were involved in the disturbance at California State Prison-Sacramento, said Lt. Tony Quinn, a penitentiary spokesman. Eight of those taken to the hospital had stab wounds, while a guard shot one inmate in the "hip or flank area," Quinn said.

The disturbance broke out in an exercise yard for maximum-security inmates Wednesday morning, the state Department of Corrections said. No staff members were injured, and Quinn said order was restored within 10 minutes.

Guards found four inmate-made weapons in the yard after the riot, he said.

The facility opened in 1986 and now holds more than 2,600 prisoners, Quinn said.

It's next door to the Folsom State Prison made famous by singer Johnny Cash, and it was designated New Folsom Prison until 1992 (CNN, 2012).

Title: One Inmate Shot, 12 Stabbed In California Prison Riot
Date: September 21, 2012
Yahoo News

Abstract: A California prison inmate was shot and wounded and 12 others were sent to the hospital with stab and slash wounds and head trauma on Wednesday after a riot at theCalifornia State Prison-Sacramento in the city of Folsom, prison officials said.

Rioting involving 60 inmates broke out in the late morning, prompting prison officers to fire six shots with a rifle, wounding one of the inmates, officials said.

The prisoner who was shot had undergone surgery, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said, but his condition was unknown.

California's state prisons have been plagued by hunger strikes, occasional violence and overcrowding and remain at more than 50 percent above capacity, despite a massive shifting of low-level offenders to county jails that began last year.

The effort to shift the prison population followed a U.S. Supreme Court directive to cut the state inmate population to 110,000 after the nation's top court ruled that overcrowding in the 33-prison system was causing "needless suffering and death."

No prison staff were injured during the Folsom brawl, authorities said. Four of the 12 wounded inmates sent to hospitals were treated and returned to the prison, officials said. The condition of the other wounded inmates was not provided.

Officials said they recovered four crudely made weapons.

Prison officials were conducting investigations into the officers' use of a weapon capable of deadly force at the prison. Independent inspectors would be oversee the staff investigation, the officials added.

Thousands of California prisoners have taken part in waves of hunger strikes since last July, when inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison began protesting against isolation units. Those strikes rippled throughout the rest of the state prisons system.

The California State Prison-Sacramento houses more than 2,500 mostly maximum-security inmates serving long sentences. Also known as "New Folsom," it is adjacent to Folsom State Prison, which is older and better known because of a famous concert there by singer Johnny Cash in 1968 (Yahoo News, 2012).

Title: South Dakota Executes Inmate Who Killed Prison Guard In First Execution In 5 years
October 16, 2012
Fox News

A South Dakota man who beat a prison guard with a pipe and covered his head in plastic wrap to kill him during a failed escape attempt was put to death Monday, in the state's first execution since 2007.

Eric Robert, 50, received lethal injection and was pronounced dead at the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls. He is the first South Dakota inmate to die under the state's new single-drug lethal injection method, and only the 17th person to be executed in the state or Dakota Territory since 1877.

Robert was put to death in the same prison where he killed guard Ronald "RJ" Johnson during an escape attempt on April 12, 2011. Robert was serving an 80-year sentence on a kidnapping conviction when he tried to break out with fellow inmate Rodney Berget, 50.

Johnson was working alone the morning of his death -- also his 63rd birthday -- in a part of the prison known as Pheasantland Industries, where inmates work on upholstery, signs, custom furniture and other projects. Authorities said the inmates beat Johnson with a pipe, covered his head in plastic wrap and left his body on the floor.

Robert then put on Johnson's pants, hat and jacket and approached the prison's west gate. With his head down, he pushed a cart loaded with two boxes. Berget was hidden in one of the boxes, according to a report filed by a prison worker after the slaying.

Other guards became suspicious as the men got closer to the gate. When confronted, Robert beat one guard; other guards quickly arrived and detained both inmates.

Months later, Robert told a judge his only regret was that he hadn't killed more guards. He pleaded guilty to Johnson's slaying and asked to be sentenced to death, telling a judge last October that he would otherwise kill again. He never appealed his sentence and even tried to bypass a mandatory state review in hopes of expediting his death.

Berget also has pleaded guilty in the killing, but has appealed his death sentence. A third inmate, Michael Nordman, 47, was given a life sentence for providing materials used in the slaying.

Robert's execution could be the first of two in as many weeks. Donald Moeller is scheduled to be put to death the week of Oct. 28 for the 1990 kidnapping, rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl. Robert had been on death row only for about a year, Moeller has been there for more than two decades. Only three other inmates currently are on the state's death row.

South Dakota's last execution before Monday took place in 2007, and that was the first in the state for 60 years.

"You have few people on death row, few executions, and then you have this coincidence of cases coming all at once," said Richard Dieter, executive director of the nonprofit Death Penalty Information Center. "When people waive appeals, their cases start to move more quickly" (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Northern Ireland Prison Officer Slain In Gun Ambush On Highway; Attack Blamed On IRA Die-Hards
November 1, 2012
Fox News

Suspected IRA die-hards killed a Northern Ireland prison officer Thursday in a gun ambush as he drove to work, the first killing of a prison guard in nearly two decades in the British territory.

Police said a gunman in a passing car shot David Black, 52, several times as he drove onto the M1 motorway southwest of Belfast. His car plummeted down a grassy embankment into a ditch.

Police found the attackers' suspected getaway car burned out in the nearby town of Lurgan, a power base for two IRA factions opposed to Northern Ireland's peace process, the Real IRA and Continuity IRA. They said the car had Dublin license plates.

No group claimed responsibility. Politicians and police commanders said IRA militants were inevitably to blame and pilloried the various IRA splinter groups still in existence as politically pointless.

"These killers will not succeed in denying the people of Northern Ireland the peaceful, shared future they so desperately want," British Prime Minister David Cameron said in London.

The government of the neighboring Republic of Ireland pledged to help hunt down those responsible.

"I know that I speak for every decent man, woman and child on this island, north and south, in expressing revulsion at this act," Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore said in Dublin.

Gilmore said police in both parts of Ireland would crack down anew on IRA extremists, many of whom live in the Irish Republic near the border. "There will be no return to the dark and violent days of the past," he said.

In Belfast, the British Protestant and Irish Catholic leaders of Northern Ireland's unity government stood shoulder to shoulder to emphasize that no act of violence would weaken their 5-year-old coalition, the central achievement of the territory's 1998 peace accord.

First Minister Peter Robinson, a Protestant, lambasted the various IRA factions as "flat-earth fanatics, living in the dark ages, spewing out hatred from every pore."

Standing beside him Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, a former IRA commander, nodded in agreement and declared that Black's killers "can't kill the peace process, and we are the proof of that."

McGuinness' Irish nationalist Sinn Fein party, long a political pariah, received a share of power in Northern Ireland after the long-dominant Provisional IRA faction in 2005 disarmed and accepted that Northern Ireland's political status could be changed only by majority approval. Surveys since have consistently shown that most residents want to stay in the United Kingdom and build better relations with the Irish Republic.

Despite this, small IRA groups using myriad names continue to mount sporadic gun and bomb attacks. They usually fail because of British intelligence tipoffs or equipment failures. IRA factions have killed two civilian men this year in attacks involving turf wars over the drugs trade, and last killed a policeman in April 2011, when a Catholic recruit was blown up outside his home by a bomb hidden under his car.

The level of violence is nothing like the 1970s-'80s heyday of Northern Ireland's conflict, when typically around 100 people a year died in often tit-for-tat violence involving IRA factions and paramilitary outlaws from the Protestant side of the community.

Today about 4,000 British troops remain garrisoned in Northern Ireland — a third of their level a decade ago — but play no role in local security. Police still sometimes must patrol in armored vehicles and flak jackets, but they operate with few restrictions even in the most militant Irish nationalist districts, an impossible prospect before the Provisional IRA cease-fire.

The Northern Ireland Prison Service said Black, a married man with a son and daughter, had been a prison guard for about 30 years and was due to retire soon.

Finlay Spratt, chairman of the Northern Ireland Prison Officers Association, described Black as "a very nice fellow to work with. He always ensured he did his job to the letter."

Spratt lambasted the weakening of security provisions for prison officers, who live in civilian areas and still face death threats from extremists on both sides of Northern Ireland's sectarian divide.

He said the Northern Ireland and British governments "have stripped away all the security around prison officers. They treat us now as if we live in normal society," he said.

The victim worked at Maghaberry Prison, where more than 40 IRA inmates have been waging protests for more than a year, including smearing their cells with their own excrement. The prisoners chiefly want to overturn the prison's policy of strip-searching inmates.

The IRA factions particularly seek to deter Catholic recruitment into the once Protestant-dominated police force, a major achievement of peacemaking.

But Catholic recruitment into the similarly Protestant prison service has been less successful, a problem highlighted in a recent British government appeal for more applicants from Irish nationalist communities.

Black was the 30th prison officer to die as part of Northern Ireland's four-decade conflict. Most were killed by the Provisional IRA, but the previous killing in 1993 was committed by the Ulster Volunteer Force, a paramilitary group rooted in the British Protestant side of the community.

Spratt said Black's killing was unlikely to be the last IRA attempt to kill prison officers — and was likely to deter people from seeking work as one.

"Why would you come and work in the prison service now and chance your life for 18,000 pounds a year?" he said, referring to the starting base salary, equivalent to $29,000 (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Oklahoma Inmate Stabbed To Death In Prison
November 2, 2012
Fox 25

Corrections officials say an inmate at a southeast Oklahoma prison has been stabbed to death by three other inmates.   Mack Alford Correctional Center warden's assistant Trent Griffin says 23-year-old Deshawn Reed was pronounced dead shortly after the attack Thursday. Griffin tells the McAlester News-Capital ( ) that three inmates used homemade knives to attack Reed in a cell.   Griffin says the prison in Stringtown is on lockdown status until further notice because of the stabbing. He says the Department of Corrections Internal Affairs Division is investigating the death.   Reed was serving a 22-year prison sentence for a first-degree manslaughter conviction out of Tulsa County. His release was scheduled for 2032 (Fox 25, 2012).

Title: Gun Battle Erupts At Sri Lankan Prison Killing 12
November 9, 2012
Fox News

Sri Lankan security forces engaged in a gunbattle Friday night with rioting prisoners who appeared to have briefly taken control of at least part of a prison in Colombo. Officials said at least 12 people were killed and 9 wounded in the violence.

 Police spokesman Prishantha Jayakody said the fighting began when police commandos went to Welikoda prison to conduct a search and were attacked by inmates hurling stones. He declined to provide more information.

An Associated Press photographer outside the building saw prisoners waving rifles atop the roof Friday night.

Some other prisoners piled into a three-wheeled vehicle and began driving toward a main city road before security forces outside the prison opened fire. The vehicle stopped and three unmoving bodies could be seen.

Dozens of security officers then entered the prison and volleys of gunfire rang out.

Prisoners could be heard screaming, "Stop shooting!"

Dr. Prasad Kariyawasam, an official at Colombo's main hospital, said 13 people were brought there for treatment, 11 of them security officers, one a passerby and one a prisoner. The passerby and two security officers had gunshot wounds, he said.

The violence at the prison was ongoing early Friday night (Fox News, 2012).

Title: 16 Inmates Killed, 42 People Wounded In Sri Lanka Prison Shootout With Security Forces
November 9, 2012
Fox News

A shootout between rioting prisoners and security forces at a prison in Sri Lanka's capital killed at least 16 inmates, while police said Saturday that they arrested five prisoners who had managed to escape.

Another 42 people were wounded in the shootout Friday between inmates and army and police commandos that broke out after the rioting prisoners briefly took control of at least part of the facility in Colombo.

The prison was under control of security forces on Saturday, a senior prison official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Dr. Anil Jasinghe, director of the Colombo National Hospital, said 16 inmates had died in the clash and 23 others were injured and receiving treatment at the hospital.

Thirteen police officers, four soldiers, a prison guard and a passer-by also were being treated at the hospital for injuries, the doctor said.

Police spokesman Prishantha Jayakody said five prisoners who escaped from the prison had been arrested.

He said the fighting began when police commandos went to Welikada prison to conduct a search and were attacked by inmates hurling stones. He declined to provide more information. Officials often conduct raids for narcotics and communication devices.

An Associated Press photographer saw prisoners waving rifles atop the prison's roof Friday night.

Other prisoners piled into a three-wheeled vehicle and began driving toward a main city road before security forces outside the prison opened fire. The vehicle stopped, and three unmoving bodies could be seen.

Dozens of security officers then entered the prison, and volleys of gunfire rang out. Prisoners could be heard screaming, "Stop shooting!"

Army troops later were called in to help control the situation.

Prison chief P.W. Kodippili said inmates had broken into the prison's two armories and taken weapons stored there. The inmates opened fire at police commandos, who shot back, Kodippili told a local television channel Friday night (Fox News, 2012).

Title: 4 Inmates Still At Large After Sri Lankan Prison Riot In Which 27 Died
November 13, 2012
Fox News

Sri Lankan police are hunting for four prisoners who escaped last week during a prison riot in which 27 inmates died, officials said Tuesday.

One escaped prisoner was captured on Tuesday and six others were seized earlier, police spokesman Prishantha Jayakody said.

Prison Commissioner Gamini Kulathunga said Welikada Prison in Colombo has returned to normal after the shootout last Friday in which 27 inmates were killed and 42 other people were wounded, including prisoners, police commandoes, army troops and a passer-by.

Officials say the clash erupted when prisoners attacked a team of police commandoes that entered the prison to search for smuggled drugs and cellphones. The prisoners armed themselves by breaking into the armory, they said.

The country's main opposition party has called the clash a "cold-blooded massacre" of prisoners and demanded a parliamentary investigation.

The prison houses 3,621 inmates, and regular searches are carried out by officials for smuggled objects, prison reforms minister Chandrasiri Gajadeera said.

He said police commandoes were summoned to assist with the search on Friday after prison officials had to call off three previous searches because of resistance from prisoners.

Prison violence is fairly common in Sri Lanka. Human rights groups say at least two people died after being beaten by guards during a prison revolt in June. Another clash earlier this year at Magazine Prison, located next to Welikada, injured 28 inmates and guards (Fox News, 2012).

Title: 3rd Inmate Dies In 4 Months At Santa Cruz Jail
November 23, 2012

Authorities are trying to determine what killed an inmate at the Santa Cruz County Jail this week -- the third such death in four months.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel says the 47-year-old man was found in his bunk bed on Tuesday evening. CPR was performed but he was declared dead a short time later.

He'd been arrested three days earlier for a probation violation. Authorities say no foul play's suspected.

Sheriff's Lt. Shea Johnson says the inmate told jail staff he was having drug withdrawal symptoms and was on a "detox protocol" that included extra medical attention.

In August, a 27-year-old woman died in the jail from medical problems attributed to heroin abuse.

In October, a 59-year-old man collapsed during booking and died of cardiovascular disease (KTVU News, 2012).

Title: 61 Killed In Venezuela Prison Riot, Hospital Says
Date: January 26, 2013
Fox News

Abstract: The death toll has risen to 61 following fierce gunbattles between inmates and National Guard troops at a Venezuelan prison, a hospital director said Saturday. About 120 more people were wounded in one of the deadliest prison riots in the nation's recent history.

Penitentiary Service Minister Iris Varela said Saturday that officials had begun evacuating inmates from the Uribana prison in Barquisimeto and transferring them to other facilities, but she did not provide an official death toll.

However, Dr. Ruy Medina, director of Central Hospital in the city of Barquisimeto, told The Associated Press that the number of dead had risen to 61. He initially told Venezuelan news media after the Friday uprising that about 50 were killed.

Medina said that nearly all of the injuries were from gunshots and that 45 of the estimated 120 people who were wounded remained hospitalized. Some underwent surgeries for their wounds.

Relatives wept outside the prison during the violence, and cried at the morgue Saturday as they waited to identify bodies.

Nayibe Mendez, the mother of a 22-year-old inmate in the prison, told the AP that she was able to talk by phone with her son and he was uninjured.

"What they say is that there were shots all over the place, and they don't know where they came from," Mendez said. "It was a massacre. A full list hasn't come out of the dead and injured."

Mendez spoke by telephone from the morgue, where she said she went out of solidarity. "We're all hurt. No matter what, a prisoner has a right to live," she said, demanding that the authorities fully investigate what happened.

Varela said during a news conference that officials decided to evacuate all inmates from the prison in order to "close this chapter of violence." She did not provide any estimates of the numbers killed and injured, and instead criticized Venezuelan news media at length for their coverage of the violence.

Vice President Nicolas Maduro called the bloodshed tragic and said Prosecutor General Luisa Ortega Diaz and National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello would lead the investigation.

"The prisons have to be governed by law," Maduro said on television early Saturday.

The riot was the deadliest in nearly two decades. In 1994, more than 100 inmates died in the country's bloodiest prison on record, at a prison in the western city of Maracaibo. In 1994, about 60 inmates were killed in a riot in a Caracas prison.

Varela said that the violence erupted at Uribana prison on Friday when groups of inmates attacked National Guard troops who were attempting to carry out an inspection.

She said the government decided to send troops to search the prison after receiving reports of clashes between groups of inmates during the past two days.

Douglas Briceno said his nephew, who is held at the prison, was wounded in the foot during the shooting. "I think he's out of danger," Briceno told the AP. "I haven't been able to communicate with him because they don't let me pass to the prison."

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles condemned the government's handling of what he and many other critics call a growing crisis in the country's prisons.

"Our country's prisons are an example of the incapacity of this government and its leaders. They never solved the problem," Capriles said on his Twitter account. "How many more deaths do there have to be in the prisons for the government to acknowledge its failure and make changes?"

The riot at Uribana prison was the latest in a series of bloody clashes in the country's severely overcrowded prisons, where inmates often freely obtain weapons and drugs with the help of corrupt guards. Venezuela currently has 33 prisons built to hold about 12,000 inmates, but officials have said the prisons' population is about 47,000.

The Venezuelan Prisons Observatory, a watchdog group, said in a statement that in 2007 the Costa Rica-based Inter-American Court of Human Rights had ordered the government to seize weapons that inmates had in their possession at Uribana prison and to take measures to avoid deaths in the facility. The group called for the government to release a list with the names of the dead and wounded in Friday's violence, as well as details about weapons seized in the search.

"No one doubts that inspections are necessary procedures to guarantee prison conditions in line with international standards, but they can't be carried out with the warlike attitude as (authorities) have done it," said Humberto Prado, an activist who leads the prison watchdog group.

"It's clear that the inspection wasn't coordinated or put into practice as it should have been. It was evidently a disproportionate use of force," Prado told the AP.

His group says Uribana prison was built to hold up to 850 inmates but currently has about 1,400.

Similar though less deadly clashes have flared repeatedly during the past few years.

In April and May, a prison uprising in La Planta prison in Caracas blocked authorities from going inside for nearly three weeks. One prisoner was killed and five people were wounded, including two National Guard soldiers and three inmates.

Two months later, another riot broke out at a penitentiary in Merida, and the Venezuelan Prisons Observatory reported 30 killed.

In August, 25 people were killed and 43 wounded when two groups of inmates fought a gunbattle inside Yare I prison south of Caracas.

President Hugo Chavez's government has previous pledged improvements to the prison system, but opponents and activists say the government hasn't made progress.

Varela, the prisons minister, said news media including Globovision and a local newspaper had run reports on the inspection by authorities, which she said had in fact been a "trigger for the violence."

Prado denied that, saying: "The problem isn't the work of the media. The problem is that the government hasn't disarmed the prison population" (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Homeless Texas Man Gets 15 Years In Prison For Biting Off Another Man's Nose
Date: February 3, 2013
Fox News

Abstract: A Texas jury sentenced a homeless man to 15 years in prison for biting off another man's nose, reports. 

Christopher W. Harris, 37, allegedly got into an argument with another homeless man while they were washing a car together. 

According to the Tarrant County District Attorney's office, Harris grabbed the victim in a bear hug, tearing off both nostrils and the tip of his nose. 

The man was rushed to the hospital, but surgeons were unable to reattach the nose, MyFoxDFW reports. 

Harris has been sentenced for biting off body parts before -- in 2001, he spent nine months in jail for biting a jailer's finger.   Five years later, he was sentenced to five years for biting off part of a man's finger, chewing it and swallowing it (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Attack On 3 Staffers Leads To Illinois Prison Lockdown, Follows Inmate Death Last Week
Date: February 5, 2013
Fox News

Abstract:  Two guards and a chaplain have been released from a hospital after being hurt in an Illinois prison attack that union officials say involved up to 15 inmates.

Tuesday's assaults were the latest in a series of violent incidents over the last month at Menard Correctional Center and other Illinois state prisons. Last Thursday, a Menard inmate died in what one official called suspicious circumstances.

Union officials say the violence is a result of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to close several prisons around the state to save money.

Tuesday's assaults happened as about 200 union members marched outside the prison in the southern Illinois town of Chester. They were protesting over what they say are growing threats to their safety.

Corrections officials say the attack led to a lockdown (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Inmate Kills Guard At Pennsylvania Prison, Officials Say
Date: February 26,2 2013
Fox News

Abstract: An inmate using a homemade weapon assaulted and killed a guard at a U.S. prison, the first fatal attack on a federal corrections officer in nearly five years, officials said.

Correctional Officer Eric Williams was working in a housing unit at the Canaan federal penitentiary in Pennsylvania when an inmate attacked him Monday night, according to prison officials. Other prison staff restrained the inmate, and Williams was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"This is clearly the darkest day in our institution's short history, and we are in shock over this senseless loss of a colleague and friend," Warden David Ebbert said in a statement.

The last time a federal prison guard was killed on the job was June 2008 in California, the Bureau of Prisons said.

An autopsy revealed that Williams, 34, suffered blunt head and neck trauma and multiple stab wounds and cuts. Lackawanna County Coroner Timothy Rowland ruled Williams' death a homicide.

Officials did not immediately release details of the attack, including the inmate's name, the kind of weapon or what, if anything, led to it.

"There was just no reason, no reason at all," Williams' sister, Lauren Williams, told The Associated Press. "There wasn't a mean bone in him. He was not confrontational at all. He's never been in a fight."

An FBI spokesman declined comment, saying details would be released when the inmate is charged. It wasn't immediately clear when that would happen.

At least three inmates have been killed at the prison, which houses 1,350 high-security male inmates (Fox News, 2013).

Title: At Least 10 Wounded In Fights At California Prison
Date: March 14, 2013
Fox News

Abstract: At least 10 inmates at a state prison in Central California have been taken to hospitals for treatment of stab wounds after several fights broke out at the prison's maximum-security yard.

State corrections officials say groups of inmates at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano began fighting a little before 10 a.m. Thursday.

Officers were able to quickly stop the fights using pepper spray, chemical agents and direct impact rounds.

Officials say staff members were still assessing inmates involved in the fights for injuries in the afternoon.

The prison opened in 2005 and houses more than 3,700 inmates (Fox News, 2013).

Title: At Least 10 Wounded In Fights At California Prison
Date: March 14, 2013
Fox News

Abstract: At least 10 inmates at a state prison in Central California have been taken to hospitals for treatment of stab wounds after several fights broke out at the prison's maximum-security yard.

State corrections officials say groups of inmates at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano began fighting a little before 10 a.m. Thursday.

Officers were able to quickly stop the fights using pepper spray, chemical agents and direct impact rounds.

Officials say staff members were still assessing inmates involved in the fights for injuries in the afternoon.

The prison opened in 2005 and houses more than 3,700 inmates (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Second Suspected Suicide Reported In New Delhi Jail In 4 days
Date: March 14, 2013
Fox News

Abstract:  An official says an inmate has committed suicide by hanging herself in New Delhi's high-security prison, the second such case in four days.

Prison spokesman Sunil Gupta says the woman had been on trial in a kidnapping case for more than two years.

He said she was found hanging from a long scarf in her cell on Thursday while her cellmates were out.

On Monday, a suspect in a notorious rape case, Ram Singh, was found hanged in a cell he shared with three other prisoners. He was accused of driving a New Delhi bus on which a student was brutally raped and beaten in a crime that horrified Indians.

Tihar Jail holds 12,000 prisoners, nearly twice its intended capacity. Gupta said there have been four suicides in the past 15 months (Fox News, 2013).