August 28, 1989
A fight involving inmates from the East and West coasts at Lompoc Federal Penitentiary apparently was triggered by two feuding prisoners who organized the groups against each other, officials said. The prison yard fight Friday night involved about 40 to 50 inmates and lasted less than a half hour before it was broken up by guards, said Paul Ortiz, executive assistant to the warden. A "lock-down," in which each inmate is confined to his cell, remained in effect.
August 27, 1989 |
A disturbance at the Lompoc Federal Penitentiary involving about 40 inmates left two people hospitalized and the prison on lock-down status Saturday, a spokesman said. The disturbance began at about 6:40 p.m. Friday when a group of inmates from Washington, D.C., clashed with another group of inmates from the West Coast in the recreation yard, said Paul Ortiz, executive assistant to the warden. The names and conditions of the two hospitalized inmates were not immediately available, Ortiz said.
June 16, 1988 |
Lompoc Federal Penitentiary authorities are taking extra security precautions in preparation for an expected announcement today that some inmates may be deported to Cuba, a decision that led to violent prison takeovers last year in Louisiana and Georgia.
July 1, 1988 |
Authorities at Lompoc Federal Penitentiary said an inmate was transferred Thursday to another prison for violating a prohibition against selling stories to newspapers, but an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union contended that he is being punished for criticizing the warden. Dannie Martin, 48, who has written about 20 stories for the San Francisco Chronicle during the last two years, was moved to Metropolitan Correctional Center in San Diego late Thursday night.
June 24, 1988 |
An inmate at Lompoc Federal Penitentiary who writes regularly for the San Francisco Chronicle was released Thursday from an isolation unit where he spent two days after publication of an article in which he claimed that tensions were rising at the maximum-security prison. Dannie Martin, 48, a bank robber turned inmate journalist, claimed that he was punished because he wrote an article in Sunday's Chronicle depicting potential riot conditions at the prison and criticizing Warden Richard Rison.
July 8, 1988 |
A federal judge here said Thursday that prison authorities at Lompoc Federal Penitentiary took "retaliatory action" against an inmate who writes articles about prison life for the San Francisco Chronicle. But he refused to prevent authorities from moving prisoner Dannie M. Martin for the second time in two weeks. U.S. District Judge Charles Legge said lawyers for Martin and the Chronicle had made "a substantial showing that there has been retaliatory action against Mr.