January 27, 1990 |
Robert Freeman, the suspended superintendent of the Camp Hill, Pa., prison has been fired for his actions during a three-day riot last year that left 123 people injured and more than half the institution in ruins. The dismissals of Freeman and Robert Smith, the prison's deputy for operations, were based on a recommendation by Gov. Robert P. Casey, who said that Freeman was among the officials with primary responsibility for maintaining order.
December 22, 1989 |
Prison administrators showed "serious misjudgments" in failing to heed warnings of inmate unrest at Camp Hill state prison, and in not securing the institution after the first of two nights of rioting, a report released Thursday concluded. But Arlin Adams, a retired judge who headed the three-member investigating panel that issued the report, stopped short of recommending to Gov. Robert P.
April 10, 1989
Police in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania searched for 11 escaped prisoners who remained at large after separate jailbreaks. Officials in both states blamed the escapes on overcrowding and understaffing in outdated jails. Thirteen prisoners slipped away from the 173-year-old Norfolk County House of Corrections in Dedham, Mass., after sawing through a prison window bar Friday night. Seven have been recaptured. In New Castle, Pa., seven prisoners escaped the Lawrence County Jail on Saturday by cutting a hole in the metal ceiling of their cell.
October 29, 1989 |
Gov. Robert P. Casey said he will appoint an independent commission to determine the cause of three days of rioting that destroyed much of a state prison and left nearly 125 people injured. Authorities said a fifth of the prison's population has been bused to other facilities and 10 people remain in area hospitals following the uprising at the State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill.
October 27, 1989 |
More than 1,000 state prison inmates in Pennsylvania rioted for a second night, taking eight hostages and setting several cellblocks ablaze, authorities said. One hostage was reportedly released. At least 79 people have been injured in the two days of disturbances. State police and firefighters struggled to regain control of the prison at Camp Hill as thick smoke billowed over the complex and several explosions were heard. The incident began during a lockdown. Prison Supt.
October 30, 1989 |
In the fourth major uprising at three Pennsylvania prisons in less than a week, officials clamped a complete lock-down on Holmesburg Prison near Philadelphia following a four-hour riot that left some 150 inmates and guards injured. The State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill in Harrisburg and the state prison in Huntingdon were scenes of violent riots last week, two of them at Camp Hill.