Fay RTK: glass in prison food "noncriminal" investigation
RANTS that an internal investigation of a May 8 claim by four men incarcerated at the Fayette County Prison -- that three received dinner meals containing
shreds of glass -- is described in a Right To Know answer received yesterday by Uniontown citizens as a "noncriminal investigation."
It's not criminal to put shards of glass in meals that at least three inmates started to put into their mouths and chew? Surely, they jest!
As per a Right To Know answer received yesterday by Uniontown citizens Kathryn and Bill Jones, who requested to know who investigated the claim that
at least 3 meals contained glass, and that at least three inmates supposedly received replacement meals some 45 minutes later. The RTK request also
asked to obtain any documentation of such investigation.
"The only documentation that Fayette County Prison has regarding the alleged incident is the investigative report initiated by Lieutenant Joshua Smith
and completed by Captain Joel Bush," the RTK answer stated.
"Your request for this information is denied because the record is exempt from disclosure under Section 708 Exceptions for public records, (17) A record
of an agency relating to a noncriminal investigation, including: (ii) Investigative materials, notes, correspondence and reports, of the Right-to-Know Law.
The RTK answer continued:
"Information became available to Lieutenant Joshua Smith that several inmates were alleging on May 8, 2018, that there may have been glass in their
dinner food trays. The information received was very general in nature and did not name any specific inmate.
Lieutenant Smith documented the information he received on an internal investigative report and the report was referred to Captain Joel Bush for an
internal investigation. Lieutenant Joshua Smith and Captain Joel Bush are employees of Fayette County Prison.
Specifically, Fayette County Prison is the agency responsible for investigating alleged incidents of this nature and Captain Bush was the staff member
assigned to investigate the matter."
In different RTK answers received by Rants&Raves, the county of Fayette stated that nobody reviewed prison surveillance video of "B" Range around
dinner time on May 8.
Prison sources, including a released man back at work, said it happened and nobody ever asked them about it. The county denied Rants&Raves' RTK
request to view that surveillance video of the three named men eating dinner on May 8, because video automatically deletes after a few weeks.
But before all that, way back on May 10, Rants&Raves sent email to all county prison board members, asking questions about some of those "B" Range's
meals two days earlier.
Other than to reply to Rants&Raves on May 10 that the glass matter was under investigation, and on May 23 that the claims of the men were "unfounded,"
the prison board answered nor asked any questions.
"Specifically, Fayette County Prison is the agency responsible for investigating alleged incidents of this nature and Captain Bush was the staff member
assigned to investigate the matter," the RTK to Jones today summarized.
Prison board members were asked late today for comment that four men incarcerated on May 8 still want to talk about it the glass pieces that three of them
received in food, and that RTK information was denied because the county classified the investigation as "noncriminal."
Do you think prison board members consider that their benign neglect in the matter of investigating glass being chewed really borders a tad or more too
shamefully on criminal?
26 Jun 18