Latest statements on Tecumseh situation

 THE TECUMSEH STATE PRISON IS STILL UNDER LOCKDOWN..

AN UPDATE WAS GIVEN TODAY…

CHANNEL 8 EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER *MEGAN CONWAY HAS THE DETAILS….

…, DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, SCOTT FRAKES SAYS BRINGING THE FACILITY OFF LOCKDOWN WILL BE DONE IN SMALL, MEASURED STEPS….

AND IT ALSO DEPENDS ON THE COOPERATION OF THE INMATE POPULATION

TECUMSEH STATE PRISON HAS BEEN UNDER LOCKDOWN SINCE RIOTS INSUED WITH INMATES LAST SUNDAY…

2 INMATES WERE KILLED.. OTHERS WERE INJURED.. INCLUDING SOME CORRECTIONAL STAFF..

THE LATEST STATEMENTS FROM DIRECTOR SCOTT FRAKES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS SAYS…

“I won’t make assumptions and then look for evidence to fit those assumptions. I have to be sure that as we move forward to review the entire incident, we use accurate information to determine what occurred.”

THE SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE IN CHARGE OF LOOKING INTO PRISON OVERCROWDING AND OTHER ISSUES MET WITH FRAKES IN A CLOSED MEETING…

OTHER ISSUES INCLUDE A DECREASE IN PROGRAMS, AIMED AT PREPARING PRISONERS FOR LIFE OUTSIDE THE WALLS…

PASTOR BOB BRIAN IS PART OF A VOLUNTEER CLERGY THAT LEADS BIBLE STUDIES AT THE PRISON…

“We used to meet every week for two hours, now it’s every other Wednesday for one hour.”

BRIAN NOT ONLY HELPS ON THE INSIDE, BUT ALSO OUTSIDE OF PRISON…

WHEN EX–INMATES ARE TRYING TO TRANSISTION BACK INTO SOCIETY…

TAKING THEM TO JOB INTERVIEWS, HELPING THEM LOOK FOR AN APARTMENT….

BUT HE SAYS WITH FEWER PROGRAMS, INMATES ARE LACKING THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO MAKE THE TRANSITION BACK INTO SOCIETY SMOOTHLY…

“If they’re in there for four or five years, they lose all sense of making a decision. They’ve had someone tell them when to shower, when to exercise for too long. Lifers said they used to have more classes like carpentry and ? The York prison, women could come out with nurse’s assistants.”

BRIAN IS SUPPOSED TO GO TO TECUMSEH NEXT WEDNESDAY FOR BIBLE STUDY…

BUT THE LOCKDOWN MAY NOT BE OVER…

FRAKES ALSO SAYS IN HIS STATEMENT THAT OTHER DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FACILITIES ARE HELPING TO PREPARE MEALS, DO LAUNDRY…

JOBS INMATES USUALLY DO BECAUSE STAFF SAFETY IS THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY