Sheriff: No inmate was going to escape

Published 12:34am Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Guards and response teams inside the prison were not carrying guns, but instead had a multitude of defense mechanisms to control the crowd. Prison employees don’t carry guns so there is no risk of inmates taking them.

Mayfield said he saw inmates hold multiple employees hostage by forcing them to sit on the ground and surrounding them.

At one point, more than two-dozen prison employees were trapped inside during the siege from within and were freed in stages as law enforcement response cleared the various buildings at the prison.

Special Response Teams from the Mississippi Highway Patrol and the FBI worked to take back control of the buildings, and local law enforcement officers formed the perimeter around the outside of the prison.

“Our (training for such a situation) is on a smaller scale, so the state SRT handled the interior,” Mayfield said.

ACSO deputies assisted in the removal approximately 15 prison employees at once by opening an outer fence and training guns on any inmates who dared cause a problem.

“If they came out and started heading to the employees, there would have been a warning, and I would have given the order to open up (gunfire),” Mayfield said.

Between 25 and 30 ACSO deputies were on the scene for the entirety of the riot — from 2:40 to 11:30 p.m. — along with a large number of state and out-of-town officers.

Nearly 400 law enforcement officers from adjoining jurisdictions were on standby during the riot, and Mayfield said the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office had rallied 200 law enforcement officers if needed.

The final five ACCC employees were freed at approximately 11 p.m., Mayfield said.

Multiple ACSO deputies stayed on the scene until 2:30 a.m., and the last Adams County deputy was pulled from the scene at 9:30 a.m. Monday.

At 2:45 a.m. all prisoners were in their housing units and the entire prison went on lockdown status, according to a press release issued by the facility’s parent company, Corrections Corporation of America.

The lockdown will continue indefinitely.

CCA announced late Monday that crisis management experts and grief counselors were working with employees at the facility.

“Unfortunately, no system is immune to disturbances,” CCA said in a press release. “Though this is only the second time in our company’s nearly 30-year history that one of our own has lost his life to inmate assault, it doesn’t make it any less tragic or difficult. This is a sad reminder of the challenges that come with providing this vital public service.”

CCA provided two written statements throughout the day Monday, but neither the local Warden Vance Laughlin or public information officials at the local prison or corporate office answered calls or responded to direct e-mailed questions.

The prison did say it would support full prosecution of inmates involved in the crimes and cooperate with investigators.

Inmates involved in the riot could face charges of capital murder, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and inciting to riot, Mayfield said.

Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations were on the scene Sunday night and again Monday to collect evidence, Mayfield said.

Prosecution of the offenders could be handled on either the federal or local level.

  • Anonymous

    USING TOUGHT WORLD LIKE; “NO INMATE WAS GOING TO ESCAPE” AFTER THERE WASN’T ANY  ESCAPE, SOUNDS KINDA CHEESY TO ME. MY CONDOLENCE GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THE DECEASE. CHUCK, WHAT’S GOING ON WITH ALL OF THE FACE EXPRESSION ?  IT’S EASY PICKING OUT THOSE THAT BEEN WATING ON SOME ACTION FOR A LONG TIME TO GET ON NATIONAL NEWS. IT SEEMS TO ME THAT YOU AND YOUR CREW WERE THE ONLY ONES THERE. YOU WERE ONLY DOING WHAT YOU WERE PAYED TO DO; NO MORE NO LESS.    

  • Anonymous

    A PRISON RIOT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH TRYING TO ESCAPE. A RIOT IS NO MORE THAN CREATING  ATTENTION TO LET THE OUTSIDE KNOW THE CONDITIONS THEY ARE LIVING IN. IT DON’T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE IF YOU LIKE IT OR NOT; BUT INMATES DO HAVE RIGHTS. THE ONLY THING A INMATE LOSES IS THERE FREEDOM. THEY SUPPOSE TO HAVE HEALTH CARE, PERSONAL HYGENE, FOOD AT THE PROPER TIME AND MOST OF ALL TREATED LIKE HUMAN BEINGS.     

  • Anonymous

    THERE WILL BE MORE RIOTS IF THE PRISON CARRY ON BUSINESS AS USUALLY. ONE INMATE REACHED OUT ON A CELL PHONE ABOUT THE CONDITIONS. EVERY RIOT I KNOW NOT INVOLVING A PRISON WAS FUELED BY UNJUST. DO THAT MAKE IT RIGHT ? NO. BUT ANY HUMAN WILL REACH A BOILING POINT IF THE UNJUST IS NOT SOLVED. THE INNOCENT WILL ALWAYS BE CAUGHT UP IN THE MIX AND SOMETIME PAY A HEAVY PRICE.  

  • Anonymous

    Where did you get your education?  Reading your comments is somewhat difficult, very hard to follow your thought process, and your spelling is unusual.

  • Anonymous

    davedeuce – frankly….you’re an idiot. That’s not club med they’re at…it’s a PRISON. You sound like you’ve spent some time there as well….maybe it’s a bit personal with you since your precious TV time was taken or you were put on lockdown for misbehaving. Either way, you have alot of nerve getting on here with those kind of comments…where exactly were you educated because you type like a moronic imbecile.

  • Anonymous

    Personally I feel very confident in our sheriff, and know the world is a little safer. As for dave the dunce, well, what can you say about ignorant people. For your info Dave, Sheriff Mayfield made that statement Sunday night at about 5:00. and he made it to several people I know.

  • Anonymous

    Dave727, I’ve been reading his racially biased comments for awhile now and I believe he types this way as a ploy. His quotations are always correct. Difficult spellings are usually correct (Condolence, etc.), with “hygiene” being the only exception today. He knows what a “Cap lock” is  and doesn’t consistently misuse contractions (it’s, etc) so he knows what he’s doing.

    So now for the comment…

    I think Chuck Mayfield and the ACSO are doing a Fantastic, Fabulous, Great, and Wonderful job! I also use Dave727 as a barometer, the more he dislikes Chuck, the MORE I LIKE HIM. 

    As much as Dave727 tries to tiptoe around justifying the prisoners in this riot, I’m of a different tome. If that was my son that was murdered, God help me, but I wouldn’t bat an eye at murder charges for all 300 of the instigators, including the severest of penalty.

        

  • Anonymous

    Whoever this Laura person is that liked your comment, is as big a screwball as you are.  You just need to go away.

  • Anonymous

    Look at the third line of his rant, the word “there” should be their. Just sayin! LOL

  • Anonymous

    Laura posted on Sunday night that her brother is an American citizen who is in the prison. I think she is the one who stated her brother just wanted to go back to Mexico. Figures she would like dave dunce.

  • Anonymous

    These people the readers are living in la la land,they only see white is right,and black is whack, people grow up,if that was your love ones in prison,there would be compassion for them, to all the evil people out here, there’s only one Heaven and Hell, and guess what? blacks and whites will be together, choose your eternity! And to you dave07duece07,forget these people, they weren’t raised right!  

  • Anonymous

    The only comment is why couldn’t you at least tried to shoot the ones on the roof doing the beating. I hope whoever is responsible for this senseless crime will never see the light of day again. Prison isn’t suppose to be fun.

  • Anonymous

    So sorry this isn’t a 5 star resort.

  • vilou09

    Come on, guys, they’re all human beans…

  • Anonymous

    Blah blah blah.

  • Anonymous

    How would you know about a prison riot and what sparks the flame! You sound like an complete idiot. It’s funny how people fix their mouths to bad mouth Mayfield and other law enforcements who put their lives on the line for stupid people like you everyday. These damn immirgrants bring their butts to the US and they do have too many rights as well as all the inmates. You commit a crime and expect special treatment. Don’t get me wrong, food, medical treatment, ect… are necessities but all these other special privileges “HELL NO”! It’s a reason why they’re in prison and it’s not to make life easier for them. Those inmates at CCA get damn good treatment. Let’s remember, this is a FEDERAL PRISON not State and that’s a big difference. These inmates have the right to spit in the guard’s faces, hit them, etc… and the guards can not put their hands on the them (inmates) and you say they don’t have rights…please! The inmates have more rights than the guards so STFU with them lame excuses. FYI…please proof read and spell check your comments before posting them and have an clear understanding on why people uses capital letters.

  • Anonymous

    Do they get all these amenities in a Mexican prison?  They should be subjected to the same as their home country.

  • Anonymous

    Ladybuggs…What 3rd world country are you from! I personally don’t have any compassion for my family members when they are in prison. “You commit the crime, you do the time” it’s called “tough love”! Those were their choices so why should I stress myself because life goes on. Evidentally, that’s where they wanted to be because I’m positive they know how life is inside the jail cell. People don’t go to prison just because! What does heaven and hell have to do with people having compassion for an inmate? That doesn’t determine who you are in christ or if you are going to heaven or hell. It’s bigger fish to fry than that to determine where you will spend your eternity! LOL…SMH at the things people say.

  • Anonymous

    I do have loved ones in prison. My nephew, same age as my son, ended up there. He has served various jail terms, so he knew what the consequences were going to be if he continued down that road. I feel sorry for him, and for his parents, but he got what he apparently wanted. Put away for 5 years from everyone. We pray for him, and when he gets out we will all (family) help him get back on his feet. BUT if he chooses to go that way, then I will have no more use for him. And I think my parents did a great job of raising me, btw.

  • Anonymous

    now thats funny

  • Anonymous

    hey i got an idea dont go to prison espescially if you are an ILLEGAL.  go to jail in mexico and see how they would treat you!

  • Anonymous

    Wake up to reality. Had these inmates been given there rights there would not have been a riot. This has been a long time coming; did you see the news. The man himself said they had received various complaints about CCA and they would call and the phones would go unanswered. They should have looked into this situation at that current time rather than just a simple phone call. These inmates were seeking help from higher sources. Nothing was done! 

    How many riots like this have you seen or heard of? Why at CCA? 

  • Anonymous

    SMH at what you say. The inmates did the crime and they are doing there time. However they are not asking for freedom they are asking to be treated properly. They understand they are there and they understand they will remain there but they deserve to be treated human. 

    Since there are some of you that believe they should be treated like animals then you will get just that animals (As was stated by an inmate himself on the news.) 

    But please tell us more about how they should continue to be treated so that these situations can be avoided? I pray the lord be with you and your family =) 

  • Anonymous

    Two bologna sandwiches per day and one shower per week is the best these people have ever had it.

  • Anonymous

    LE should have stormed the compound spitting hot lead.  The guard would still be alive and we’d have quite a few less prisoners to worry about.

  • Anonymous

    I swear, Sheriff Chuck is the last bastion in Adams County.  A rock.  I have never met the man or contributed a penny to anything associated politically.  All I see is RESULTS.  We are trying to lure businesses here.  We are trying to lure medical specialists here.  And now we have a prison riot.  How naive we were to believe them when they told us it was to be a 1200 bed facility.  That Warden needs to leave town NOW.  We lost a good lad today, and what did the corporate pukes in Nashville lose?  Shareholder equity.  Can’t you just hear them around the coffee pot:  Dang, this is gonna take our stock price down and will hurt my options.   CCA, listen up:  If you tie Senior Laughlin to a rail, we will let you ride him out of town, less the tar.

  • Anonymous

    I think the guard probably was killed very early in the fracas, prior to LE having adequate and properly equipped force to storm the prison and take down 300 or so inmates with a skeleton force without risking escape if LE lost that initial battle.  That action would likely have caused the death of the 15 or so other hostages the prisoners held at the early stage, before LE would have been able to get to them.   Yes, I agree that if the guard was beaten on  the roof in sight of LE sharpshooters, they should have taken a few well placed shots.

  • Anonymous

    I’m a criminal justice major, and will also be going into the Army as an officer next May. This incident made me absolutely sick. I don’t know what happened on the inside that day, but just from what i can see on the outside the incident was not handled properly at all. First thing is you don’t have a prison full of inmates and only have a handful of guards, which do not have any weapons by the way. A prison should have a armory and have armed guards. The prison is at  fault for not having enough employees at one time. Second thing is it took twelve hours or so to calm the situation? Why did it take that long? I don’t know the exact situation as far as the rules go with engagement and what the Adams county department was limited to, but as a leader it was not handled like it should have been. In my opinion once you saw your fellow people “Americans” being harmed all Standard Operating Procedures are out of the door. The department stood out there and just watched them get beat up and one man lose his life. Why? As a leader, you were put into that position to do what is best for the people, and by God there are times when rules must be bent or broken in order to ensure Justice is done. You should have issued three warnings for the inmates to get down and told them if your still up after the third then you will be shot. I don’t know maybe the outcome would have been the same, we’ll never know. Finally as far as the inmates go why are they still over here, they are illegal immigrants why are we the people paying to house these guys? A lot of people will not agree with this and neither does the court system, but if your a inmate you should have no rights, You should have thought about that before you committed the crime. What is wrong with the criminal justice system today, is there are fewer and fewer Americans who have the backbone to stand up for what is right, and that is what worries me with the future of America. You are trying to tell me there are not only inmates, but Illegal ones at that, who have better living conditions than some Americans do something just doesn’t add up. I honestly think if the founders of this great country could see what were becoming then they would flip over in their graves. The system needs some major changes, and that is where the future leaders come in to play, I pray we will have more Americans with a backbone that will make the changes that need to be done and restore this country to what is should be. One last thing a criminal is a criminal and that is how they should be treated. Here is an example of one American who has the backbone, and future leaders should even look up to as a model. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXkV0QfD99c. Finally I knew Catlin and he was a great guy and a Godly man. Catlin will be missed dearly and I know he is in a better place. my blessings go out to his family, friends, and Katie during this hard time.

  • Anonymous

    fcbulldog

           I am glad to know that there are still young men like you willing to stand up for what is right. I have a son that will graduate high school next year and is going to join the Army. I hope that he is fortunate enough to serve under someone like you. Remember that you are the future of this country and you can make a difference. 

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