More turmoil for a Kentucky prison where nearly 500 Vermont inmates are serving time.
Last week officials at the Lee Adjustment Center in Beattyville, Kentucky called for an extended lockdown of 205 Vermont inmates accused of violence and possible gang ties. Now the facility's superintendent has suddenly resigned.
Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito says there have been four physical assaults between Vermont inmates at the Lee Adjustment Center in Kentucky since the summer. The facility is run by the Corrections Corporation of America. Pallito says early indications show the violence there may have been sparked by Vermont inmates with major gang affiliations. He says many were arrested in Vermont on drug charges but are not necessarily from Vermont.
Pallito says Kentucky prison officials have come up with a plan to curb future violence, but the commissioner is sending a few of his staffers to the facility anyway to ensure the safety plan is carried out.
Now in a new twist, just 24 hours before that team is expected to arrive in Kentucky, the facility's top supervisor is suddenly calling it quits. Pallito says his office was notified Monday morning that Warden David Frye was resigning effective immediately. His resignation letter cited personal and health reasons for his unexpected departure.
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